Cares for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitors patients' physical and emotional well-being and reports to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Takes and records measures of patients' physical condition, using devices such as thermometers or blood pressure gauges.
- Monitors patients' physical and emotional well-being and reports unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff.
- Provides nursing, psychiatric, or personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally retarded patients.
- Observes and influences patients' behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling, or befriending them.
- Collaborates with or assists doctors, psychologists, or rehabilitation therapists in working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community.
- Encourages patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, or other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills or develop social relationships.
- Restrains violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required.
- Trains or instructs new employees on procedures to follow with psychiatric patients.
- Develops or teaches strategies to promote client wellness and independence.
- Administers oral medications or hypodermic injections, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures.