CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Psychiatric Aides

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies. Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing and medical staff.
 
Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.
 
Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routine.
 
Organize, supervise, and encourage patient participation in social, educational, and recreational activities.
 
Perform nursing duties such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens and drawing blood samples.
 
Serve meals, and feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.
 
Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.
 
Interview patients upon admission and record information.
 
Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, and grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.
 
Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing.
 
Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.
 
Accompany patients to and from wards for medical and dental treatments, shopping trips, and religious and recreational events.
 
Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
 
Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior, and report observations to professional staff.
 
Record and maintain patient information such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, and treatment and discharge plans.
 
Complete administrative tasks such as entering orders into computer, answering telephone calls, and maintaining medical and facility information.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Automatic blood pressure cuffs Electronic blood pressure units
 
Bedpans Bedpans for general use
 
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital patient thermometers Electronic medical thermometers
 
Enema administration kits Enema kits or accessories
 
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Hydraulic patient lifts Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories
 
Intubation suctioning kits Suction kits
 
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
 
Oxygen delivery masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Patient restraints Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Safety razors Razors
 
Specimen collection containers Specimen collectors
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Urinalysis test strips Urinalysis test strips
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Certified Nurses' Aide (CNA)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Charge Aide
Charge Attendant
Developmental Aide
Health Service Worker
Health Technician
Mental Health Aide
Mental Health Assistant
Mental Health Counselor
Mental Health Orderly
Mental Health Specialist
Mental Health Technician (MHT)
Mental Health Worker (MHW)
Mental Retardation Aide
Neuropsychiatric Aide
Nursing Assistant
Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
Patient Care Technician
Psychiatric Aide
Psychiatric Assistant
Psychiatric Attendant
Psychiatric Nursing Aide
Psychiatric Orderly
Psychiatric Technician
Psychiatric Technician Assistant
Resident Care Technician
Residential Counselor
Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW)
Unit Counselor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Psychiatric Aides
 
 
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