Security Aide I (Psychiatric)

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Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$29,796.00 – $41,268.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,241.50 – $1,719.50
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This is entry-level psychiatric and nursing assistant work in the care, treatment, and management of forensic psychiatric patients in maximum and intermediate security areas within Missouri Department of Mental Health facilities.

Job Duties

Maintains a therapeutic, secure, and hygienic ward environment.

Reports and records observable changes in patient behavior, attitude, and physical condition.

Assists with or participates in remotivation, rehabilitation, resocialization, and behavior modification programs.

Teaches or assists patients in self-help skills and social behavior based on the level of individual patient functioning.

Initiates and participates in group and individual patient activities.

Participates in specialized programs such as adjunctive therapies and interacts individually with patients.

Administers and charts prescribed medications if licensed as a practical nurse; works under the supervision of a registered professional nurse in accordance with physician orders.

Performs basic nursing care such as checking vital signs, applying simple dressings, and providing general daily care of patients.

Assists a physician or registered professional nurse with various diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Escorts patients to appointments.

Assists with the orientation of new employees.

Assists with supervising a limited number of lower-level employees.

Responds to emergency situations as specified by the guidelines of the unit and facility in which the employee is working.

Serves as ward charge in the absence of the Security Aide II (Psychiatric).

Serves meals to patients confined to wards.

Prepares and maintains necessary records and reports.

Maintains adequate supplies and equipment.

Receives close supervision from a higher-level Security Aide or other staff member; receives general supervision from a professional nurse.

Performs other related work as assigned.


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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two or more years of work experience or self-employment; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

(Earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)

(Post-secondary training from a recognized technical or military school may substitute for the experience on the basis of 480 clock hours for one year of experience.)

(Additional work experience may substitute for the required high school education on a year-for-year basis.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Introductory knowledge of the general care and treatment of forensic psychiatric patients including basic nursing, first aid, emergency treatments, and security skills.

Introductory knowledge of elementary psychiatric nursing methods and principles, as well as skill in their application in the care and treatment of mentally ill and forensic psychiatric patients.

Introductory knowledge of the general nature of mental illness, and the ability to recognize and respond to the emotional and physical needs of forensic psychiatric patients.

Introductory knowledge of hygienic ward housekeeping.

Ability to effectively and efficiently respond to medical emergencies, manage assaultive behaviors, and monitor security of the ward or unit.

Ability to learn and effectively use approved crisis intervention techniques.

Ability to administer first aid, provide basic nursing care, and perform emergency treatments as instructed.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, staff, supervisors, and the general public.

Ability to accurately report and record observations.

Ability to understand and follow directions.

Ability to accept and adapt to change in assignments, methods, and policies.

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