Psychiatric Aides

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Psychiatric Aides include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 63.2% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 16.29% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, or social workers.

    Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routine.

    Listen and provide emotional support and encouragement to psychiatric patients.

    Record and maintain patient information, such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, treatments, or discharge plans.

    Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing.

    Organize, supervise, or encourage patient participation in social, educational, or recreational activities.

    Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff.

    Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, or grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.

    Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.

    Serve meals or feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.

    Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological, or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing or medical staff.

    Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.

    Perform nursing duties, such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens, or drawing blood samples.

    Complete administrative tasks, such as entering orders into computer, answering telephone calls, or maintaining medical or facility information.

    Accompany patients to and from wards for medical or dental treatments, shopping trips, or religious or recreational events.

    Interview patients upon admission and record information.

    Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.



Urinalysis test strips

Two way radios

Specimen collection containers

Safety razors

Personal computers

Patient restraints

All Tools

Oxygen delivery masks

Multi-line telephone systems

Intubation suctioning kits

Hydraulic patient lifts

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Enema equipment

Digital patient thermometers

Desktop computers

Blood collection syringes


Automatic blood pressure cuffs


Data entry software

Email software


Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

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