Security Aide III (Psychiatric)

  • Security Aide III (Psychiatric)
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
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Class Number: 
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$34,416.00 – $48,852.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,434.00 – $2,035.50
Pay Grade: 

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This is senior-level and supervisory psychiatric and general nursing assistant work involving responsibility for the management of a large multi-ward forensic unit, or work of comparable responsibility in maximum and intermediate security areas within Missouri Department of Mental Health facilities.

Job Duties

Assumes responsibility for the security, general management, and supervision of a large multi-ward section of a forensic unit by making frequent rounds in assigned areas, inspecting and evaluating the work of subordinates, and reviewing and instructing them in the total care and security of patients.

Serves as general assistant to, or as relief supervisor for, members of the administrative staff; confers with supervisors on management problems; assists and participates in planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care; and/or assumes comparable responsibility for special problems that occur with forensic psychiatric patients.

Investigates reports of rule violations, patient and/or employee complaints, and related incidents; prepares violation and complaint reports for supervisor's review; maintains discipline in the assigned area; uses passive defense methods to control dangerous behaviors.

Assists with the orientation and training of new employees regarding their duties and the rules and regulations of the hospital and the forensic unit; participates in staff development.

Assigns personnel within the area supervised assuring there is adequate staff coverage and completion of necessary documentation.

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.

Assists in coordinating the work of nursing service personnel with other disciplines within the forensic unit.

Supervises the preparation and maintenance of records and reports.

Attends supervision and management in-service training sessions.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 

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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.)

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


Four or more years of experience as a lead worker in direct care on a ward or unit with forensic psychiatric or sexual offender residents in a maximum or intermediate security institution.

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?

Comprehensive 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.

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

Comprehensive knowledge of hygienic ward housekeeping.

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

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

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

Ability to manage a multi-ward forensic unit effectively.

Ability to supervise, review, and evaluate the work of assigned 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, co-workers, supervisors, and the general public.

Ability to accurately report and record observations.

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

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