Psychiatric Technician

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Apr 21, 2024
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $61,036.08 - $77,945.64 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

The Board of Supervisors have authorized the following future salary increases:
5% on July 1, 2023
5% on July 1, 2024
5% on July 1, 2025

Bargaining Unit: Local 856 - LVN/Aide Unit

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department is recruiting Psychiatric Technicians for acute inpatient psychiatric services at the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center in Martinez.

Under the supervision of a staff Psychiatrist or Registered Nurse, Technicians provide psychiatric nursing care services to patients who are mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or mentally challenged. Psychiatric Technicians are part of an interdisciplinary team which includes medical care and mental health staff who work together to develop and implement treatment and discharge plans. They assist in facilitating patient therapy in-group or family sessions, provide general and psychiatric nursing care and administer medication under medical supervision. When crises intervention services are needed, Psychiatric Technicians utilize verbal and appropriate physical techniques to ensure a safe, therapeutic environment.

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The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for six months.

Typical Tasks

  • Gives general and psychiatric nursing care
  • Observes and records patient's condition and behavior and responses to treatment
  • Reports significant changes or any unusual occurrences to superiors
  • Takes and records patient's temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
  • Assists patients with hygiene care and helps them maintain a well groomed appearance
  • Accompanies patients to designated areas and supervises them while engaged in individual or group activities
  • Participates in group therapy sessions acting as co-facilitator with professional staff
  • Provides crisis intervention services by utilizing verbal and where necessary, physical techniques to ensure a safe, therapeutic environment
  • Administers medication under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse, orally, topically, hypodermically, and intramuscularly
  • Aids or restrains patients to prevent injury to themselves or others
  • Attends staff meetings and other in-service training as required
  • Provide and promote excellence in customer service for both internal and external customers

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid license to practice as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the State of California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners.

Certificates: Possession of a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate issued by the American Heart Association or valid Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate issued by the American Red Cross.

Special Requirements: (A) Prior to and as a condition of employment, ability to successfully pass a Pharmacology Test administered by the County. (B) Within the first 6 months of employment, must obtain certification in Professional Assault Response Training (PART). (C) Must be available for assignment to Code 2000 by completion of probationary period.

Other Requirements: A background investigation/fingerprint and/or physical exam may be required prior to the start of employment.


Selection Process

1. Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application. Applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Training and Experience Evaluation: Candidates who clearly demonstrate that they possess the minimum qualifications will have their training and experience evaluated. The responses to the supplemental questions, at the time of filing, will be evaluated to determine each candidate's relevant education, training, and/or experience as presented on the application and supplemental questionnaire. (Weighted 100%)

The examination steps noted above may be changed in accordance with the County's Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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