• Psychiatric Technicians
  • Health Science
  • Psychiatric technicians care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. They monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff.

What do they typically do

  • Take and record measures of patients' physical condition using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges
  • Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients
  • Observe and influence patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them
  • Work with doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists to treat, rehabilitate, and return mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to the community
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships
  • Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required
  • Train or instruct new employees on procedures to follow with psychiatric patients

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