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Psychiatric Technician I

  • Psychiatric Technician I
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$21,876.00 – $34,608.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$911.50 – $1,442.00
Pay Grade: 

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This is entry-level direct care work involving the care and treatment of persons with mental illness in a state mental health facility.

Job Duties

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

Reports and records observable changes in resident behavior and physical condition.

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

Initiates and participates in group and/or individual activities with residents; escorts residents as assigned.

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

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

Administers oral, topical, and/or rectal medications under professional supervision after being certified by the Director of Nursing or other facility officials.

Assists the physician and/or nursing personnel by preparing residents for physical examinations, catheterization, tube feeding, bladder irrigations, and oxygen therapy; provides routine decubitus care; and observes and cares for residents during these treatments.

Assists with various diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Maintains a safe, clean, and therapeutic ward environment by following facility policies.

Reports rule infractions, complaints of residents or employees, and other incidents to an immediate supervisor.

Attends interdisciplinary team meetings to report observations of residents' behavior.

Assists residents during emergency situations.

Serves meals to residents in the absence of food service personnel.

Prepares and maintains records and reports.

Maintains adequate supplies and equipment.

Receives detailed instruction from a higher-level Psychiatric Technician 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.)

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

(30 earned credit hours from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required experience.)

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 residents, including basic nursing, first aid, and emergency treatments.

Introductory knowledge of elementary psychiatric nursing methods and principles and skill in their application in the care and treatment of the mentally ill.

Introductory knowledge of facility practices, rules, and regulations.

Introductory knowledge of the general nature of mental illness and ability to recognize and meet the emotional and physical needs of residents.

Ability to perform first aid and emergency treatments as instructed.

Ability to accurately report and record observations.

Ability to maintain a safe, clean, and therapeutic environment for resident care and treatment.

Ability to understand and follow directions.

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

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

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