Psychiatric Nursing Aides/Orderlies Job Profile and Description
Psychiatric Nursing aides or orderlies provide care to the mentally or psychologically disabled or ill patients in mental hospitals, substance abuse rehabilitation and retardation centers. Also known as psychiatric nursing assistants, they work in a team with various ward assignments to care for mental patients of varying severity and are supervised by a licensed Psychiatric Nurse in work shifts. They are often seen mingling with sanatorium patients, playing card games, engaging them in exercises and sports as well as assisting them with the daily personal chores.
Psychiatric Nursing Aides/Orderlies Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist the clinical psychiatrist in designing the treatment regimen and practical therapies in dealing with mentally disordered patients
- Observes and enforce rules and regulations of the facility
- Obtain trust and develop rapport with patients to gain their cooperation in implementing treatment or therapeutic regimens.
- Assist the psychiatric nurse in developing programs for sanatorium patients
- Attend with psychiatric nurse when meeting with relatives and friends of assigned patient for briefing on progress of patient.
- Perform prescribed hospital duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the psychiatric nurse.
Psychiatric Nursing Aides/Orderlies Skills and Specifications
- Good excellent physical condition to handle unruly or violent mental patients.
- Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
- Above average patience in dealing with mental patients
- Good excellent psychological and interpersonal skills dealing with mental patients.
Psychiatric Nursing Aides/Orderlies Education and Qualifications
- A Registered nurse with a post graduate training or degree in Psychiatric Nursing or Psychology is essential.
- 3-5 years experience in general nursing care of mental cases is an added advantage,
Psychiatric Nursing Aides/Orderlies Salary
The average hourly wages of Psychiatric Nursing Aides is $13. The middle 50% earned from $9 to $16 per hour with the lowest 10% earning $8.5, and the highest 10% getting $20 per hour. This variability hinges on the location and size of the mental or rehabilitation center.