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Security Aide I (Psychiatric)

  • Security Aide I (Psychiatric)
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$28,036.00 – $44,476.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,168.00 – $1,854.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is entry-level psychiatric and nursing assistant work in the care, treatment, and/or security of forensic psychiatric and/or sex offender clients in maximum and intermediate security areas within Missouri Department of Mental Health facilities.

Job Duties

Teaches or assist clients in self-help and social behavior skills based on the client’s individual level of functioning.

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

Assists with or participates in special programs for clients such as remotivation, rehabilitation, resocialization, and behavior modification.

Initiates and participates in group and/or individual client activities.

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

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

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

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

Monitors the safety and security within an assigned area.

Escorts and transports clients to appointments.

Maintains a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment.

Responds to emergency or crisis situations as specified by unit and facility guidelines.

Serves meals to clients confined to wards.

Prepares and maintains records and reports.

Maintains an inventory of supplies and equipment.

Receives detailed instruction and close supervision from a higher-level Security Aide or other staff member.

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; no other substitutions will be permitted. 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 stated experience at a rate of 30 earned credit hours for one year.)

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 persons with mental illness.

Introductory knowledge of the general care and treatment of forensic psychiatric and/or sex offender clients including basic nursing, first aid, emergency treatments, and security skills.

Introductory knowledge of facility and forensic unit practices, rules, and regulations.

Ability to recognize and respond to the emotional and physical needs of persons with mental illness.

Ability to effectively and efficiently respond to medical emergencies, manage aggressive 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 maintain a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, 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 changing assignments, policies, and procedures.

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