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Working As A Student Nurse Technician

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $58,257

    Average Salary

What Does A Student Nurse Technician Do

Psychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Aides help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.

Duties

Psychiatric technicians, sometimes called mental health technicians, typically do the following:

  • Observe patients’ behavior, listen to their concerns, and record their condition
  • Lead patients in therapeutic and recreational activities
  • Give medications and other treatments to patients, following instructions from doctors and other medical professionals
  • Help with admitting and discharging patients
  • Monitor patients’ vital signs, such as their blood pressure
  • Help patients with activities of daily living, including eating and bathing
  • Restrain patients who may become physically violent

Psychiatric aides typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ behavior and location in a mental healthcare facility
  • Help patients with their daily living activities, such as bathing and dressing
  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Keep facilities clean by doing tasks such as changing bedlinens
  • Participate in group activities, such as playing sports and going on field trips
  • Help transport patients within a hospital or residential care facility
  • Restrain patients who may become physically violent

Many psychiatric technicians and aides work with patients who are severely developmentally disabled and need intensive care. Others work with patients undergoing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction. The work of psychiatric technicians and aides varies with the types of patients they work with.

Psychiatric technicians and aides work as part of a medical team under the direction of physicians and with other team members, who may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counselors, and therapists. For more information on the counselors and therapists they may work with, see the profiles on substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, rehabilitation counselors, and mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Because they have such close contact with patients, psychiatric technicians and aides can have a great deal of influence on patients’ outlook and treatment.

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How To Become A Student Nurse Technician

Psychiatric technicians typically need postsecondary education, and aides need at least a high school diploma. Both technicians and aides get on-the-job training.

Education

Psychiatric technicians typically have a postsecondary certificate. Often, they have experience as a nursing assistant or a licensed practical nurse and have completed postsecondary education in nursing.

Some psychiatric technicians also may have a postsecondary certificate or associate’s degree in psychiatric or mental health technology. These programs are offered by community colleges and technical schools and include courses in biology, psychology, and counseling. Psychiatric technician programs may include supervised work experience or cooperative programs, in which students gain academic credit for structured work experience.

Psychiatric aides typically need a high school diploma.

Training

Psychiatric technicians and aides usually have a short period of on-the-job training before they can work without direct supervision.

Training may include working with patients while under the close supervision of an experienced technician or aide. Technicians and aides also may attend workshops, lectures, or inservice training.

Work Experience

Psychiatric technicians typically need clinical experience, which can be gained by working in occupations such as nursing assistant or licensed practical nurse.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Because psychiatric technicians and aides spend much of their time interacting with patients, they should be caring and want to help people.

Interpersonal skills. Psychiatric technicians and aides often provide ongoing care for patients, so they should be able to develop a rapport with them. Gaining such rapport makes psychiatric technicians and aides better able to treat their patients and evaluate their condition.

Observational skills. Technicians must watch patients closely and be sensitive to any changes in behavior. For their safety and that of their patients, they must recognize signs of discomfort or trouble among patients.

Patience. Working with the mentally ill can be emotionally challenging. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to stay calm in stressful situations.

Physical stamina. Psychiatric technicians and aides must be able to lift, move, and sometimes restrain patients. They must also be able to spend much of their time on their feet.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states do not license psychiatric technicians. California is one of the larger states that does. For those states which license them, technicians usually are required to complete an accredited education program, pass an exam, and pay a fee to be licensed.

Psychiatric aides are not required to be licensed.

The American Association of Psychiatric Technicians offers four levels of certification for psychiatric technicians. The certifications allow technicians to show a high level of professional competency. Requirements vary by certification.

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Student Nurse Technician Career Paths

Student Nurse Technician
Nurse Home Health Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Emergency Department Registered Nurse Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Consultant Nurse
10 Yearsyrs
Emergency Department Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse In The ICU Home Care Nurse Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
House Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Unit Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse In The ICU PRN Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Clinical Research Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Nurse Manager Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Student Nurse Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

84.1%

Male

14.5%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

13.1%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Portuguese

7.1%

Nepali

7.1%

Japanese

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%

Tagalog

7.1%

Polish

7.1%
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Student Nurse Technician Education

Schools

Midlands Technical College

10.4%

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

9.0%

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

8.5%

Ball State University

7.0%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

6.5%

Maryville University of Saint Louis

5.5%

Walden University

5.5%

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

5.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.0%

Quinnipiac University

5.0%

Sacred Heart University

4.0%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

4.0%

Hinds Community College

3.5%

Saint Louis University-

3.5%

University of Phoenix

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.0%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.0%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.0%

East Tennessee State University

2.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.5%
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Majors

Nursing

84.1%

Family Practice Nursing

2.5%

Psychology

1.7%

Business

1.6%

Nursing Science

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.3%

Public Health

0.9%

Nursing Assistants

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

0.9%

Health Sciences And Services

0.5%

Clinical Psychology

0.5%

Management

0.3%

School Counseling

0.3%

Physiology And Anatomy

0.3%

Medical Technician

0.3%

Mental Health Counseling

0.3%

Biology

0.3%

Elementary Education

0.3%

Kinesiology

0.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

24.7%

Associate

15.8%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

1.8%

Certificate

1.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.6%
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  1. Vital Signs
  2. Blood Pressure
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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed vital signs and obtained specimens for the laboratory or pathology.
  • Performed blood pressures, pulses, temperatures, respirations, and blood sugars.
  • Developed proper interdisciplinary treatment plan after attending team meeting with preceptor in order to achieve effective outcome
  • Obtain and assess patient vital signs, blood glucose, intake and output, and EKG's
  • Performed blood specimen collections, obtained vital signs, and assisted patients in ADL care.

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