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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.

    Work Activities
    • Record and maintain patient information, such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, treatments, or discharge plans.
    • Listen and provide emotional support and encouragement to psychiatric patients.
    • Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff.
    • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.
    • Serve meals or feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.
    • Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, or social workers.
    • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
    • Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological, or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing or medical staff.
    • Complete administrative tasks, such as entering orders into computer, answering telephone calls, or maintaining medical or facility information.
    • Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.
    • Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, or grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.
    • Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routine.
    • Perform nursing duties, such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens, or drawing blood samples.
    • Organize, supervise, or encourage patient participation in social, educational, or recreational activities.
    • Interview patients upon admission and record information.
    • Accompany patients to and from wards for medical or dental treatments, shopping trips, or religious or recreational events.
    • Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing.
    Skills
    • Social Perceptiveness

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

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,860/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.24/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,350
    • Yearly Projected Openings 170
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Social Orientation
    Tools
    • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
    • Urinalysis test strips
    • Specimen collection container
    • Enema kits or accessories
    • Bedpans for general use
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Operating system software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
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