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Psychiatric Technician (nsd4285-4286-tl)

Technician- Psychiatric | San Diego, CA | Full Time, Contract, and Temporary

Job Description

Psychiatric Technician

San Diego, CA


Job Summary /Description 
  • Assist in initial intake assessments and triage interviews.
  • Assist in counseling and orient patients to the unit procedures and policies.
  • Perform ward searches; monitor use of dangerous items.  Answer telephone calls and relay pertinent information to providers if required.
  • Assist in a variety of treatment modalities including but not limited to biofeedback, stress management, and group therapy.
  • Coordinate and perform routine training in prevention and management of assaultive behavior.
  • Assist with patient education.
  • Perform routine ward procedures for admission, discharges, and patient transfers.
  • Monitor patient safety; be able to do physical restraint procedures such as applying manual and mechanical restraints.
  • Manage agitated patients; identify and report symptoms of homicidal or suicidal patient; perform line of sight one-on-one observations.
  • Understand the rules of confidentiality as applies to patient and health care provider during all aspects of care; instruct personnel in psychiatric patient rights.
  • Perform ongoing risk assessment; assist in maintaining therapeutic milieu.
  • Transcribe physician’s orders.
  • Develop a therapeutic relationship with psychiatric patients; observe patient progress during treatment.
  • Organize and facilitate patient groups and activities.
  • Escort patients safely on and off the unit, know the patient management for elopement risks; take patients out on field trips.
  • Monitor patient safety; be able to do physical restraint procedures such as applying manual and mechanical restraints.
  • Manage agitated patients; identify and report symptoms of homicidal or suicidal patient; perform line of sight one-on-one observations.
  • Maintain all records required on patients to include data entry and retrieval on CHCS and CIS computer systems.
  • Perform a range of diagnostic support duties which include but is not limited to drawing blood for lab studies; collect and label specimens; take vital signs; and assist the doctor in a variety of diagnostic examinations.
  • Understand the rules of confidentiality as applied to patient and health care provider during all aspects of care; instruct personnel in psychiatric patient rights.
  • Respond to emergency situations within area of competence and initiate appropriate action and documentation (restraint calls, fire calls, and disaster situations).
  • Monitor and discontinue IV fluids as directed if certified.
  • Operate the outpatient front desk areas; assist patients with questions and information; offer courteous and attentive assistance. Follow the Command’s mission and values of Service, Professionalism, Teamwork, Respect, and Compassion.
  • Schedule patient appointments through the CHCS computer system. Coordinate and assist the Primary Care Provider in contacting patients who miss appointments.
  • Ensure that all records are properly maintained, constructed, and secured in a controlled access area.
  • Dispose of the Secondary Convenience Record after maintaining for three years.
  • Prepare and pull all outpatient records for scheduled appointments.
  • Perform End of Day processing in accordance with local instructions.
  • Perform psychiatric testing/screening evaluations if certified and as directed.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited Psychiatric Technician Program; or completion of an equivalent education and experience that meets the requirement of the American association of Psychiatric Technicians.
  • Completion of education and experience as a corpsman in the United States military and proof of having completed an Armed Forces course involving neuropsychiatric nursing and an Armed Forces or civilian course from an accredited school in the care of the developmentally disabled client.


About InGenesis
InGenesis is dedicated to placing people in positions that preserve life, improve lives and inspire others. This does not happen without passionate people, skilled colleagues who are motivated to create innovative solutions and deliver superior service to our clients. Founded in 1998, InGenesis manages thousands of employees, including pioneering healthcare, science, technology and pharma professionals.  The workforce solutions company includes almost half of the Fortune 500 in its nearly 300 clients.  It is recognized as one of the largest healthcare staffing firms, and InGenesis is the largest minority/women owned healthcare staffing firm in North America.  


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