Security Aide II (Psychiatric)

  • Security Aide II (Psychiatric)
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$31,776.00 – $44,472.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,324.00 – $1,853.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is mid-level psychiatric and nursing assistant work involving the supervision of aides responsible for providing care, treatment, and management of forensic psychiatric patients, or work of comparable responsibility in maximum and intermediate security areas within Missouri Department of Mental Health facilities.

Job Duties

Serves as a ward charge on assigned shift; supervises a small number of Security Aide I (Psychiatric) employees with responsibility for the security and general management of a ward.

Assists and instructs personnel in the care and treatment of patients; prepares work assignments, evaluates work performed, prepares records and reports, and coordinates the work of assigned shift with ward charges assigned to other shifts.

Serves as an assistant to a Registered Nurse or Security Aide III (Psychiatric) in charge of a multi-ward unit or other area, or performs duties of similar nature and responsibility.

Supervises and 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.

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.

Provides coverage in the absence of the Security Aide III (Psychiatric).

Investigates reports of rule violations, patient and/or employee complaints, and related incidents; uses extreme caution and tact in dealing with agitated forensic patients; prepares reports and recommendations for supervisor's review.

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

Assists with, or plans, initiates, and participates in special programs for patients such as self-help skills, social behavior, remotivation, rehabilitation, and resocialization; supervises lower-level aides in such programs.

Assists with the initial instruction of new employees regarding their duties and the rules and regulations of the hospital and the forensic unit; participates in the continued in-service training and practical instruction of ward personnel, especially regarding the security of the assigned area where the employees are working.

Supervises aides in maintaining a therapeutic, secure, and hygienic ward environment.

Reviews and approves requisitions for supplies and repairs.

Prepares and/or directs the preparation of records and reports.

Performs moderately complex duties without detailed instructions; receives general 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 and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of experience as a Security Aide I (Psychiatric) with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


Two or more years of experience providing direct care to forensic psychiatric or sexual offender residents in a maximum or intermediate security institution; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

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?

Intermediate knowledge of the general care and treatment of forensic psychiatric patients, including basic nursing, first aid, emergency treatments, and security skills provided through the use of passive defense methods.

Intermediate 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.

Intermediate knowledge of hospital and forensic unit practices, rules, and regulations.

Intermediate knowledge of hygienic ward housekeeping.

Intermediate 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 the principles of ward management and the supervision of personnel.

Ability to manage a ward effectively.

Ability to supervise, review, and evaluate the work of staff.

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 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 of assignments, methods, and policies.

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