Mental Health Assistant - Indiana Regions Overview:
The graph above shows that there were
38 job postings for the occupation of Mental Health Assistant in Indiana during 2013 and 2014. The vertical bar chart shows which regions had the most demand for Mental Health Assistant. These numbers represent current demand as advertised in online job postings and do not necessarily indicate projected job growth in the future. Nevertheless, these numbers are a valid barometer for gauging recent job demand statewide and regionally in Indiana.
What Mental Health Assistant Do:
Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.
Common Job Activities:
- Record and maintain patient information, such as vital signs, eating habits, behavior, progress notes, treatments, or discharge plans.
- Listen and provide emotional support and encouragement to psychiatric patients.
- Complete physical checks and monitor patients to detect unusual or harmful behavior and report observations to professional staff.
- Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury.
- Serve meals or feed patients needing assistance or persuasion.
- Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, or social workers.
- Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
- Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological, or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing or medical staff.
- Complete administrative tasks, such as entering orders into computer, answering telephone calls, or maintaining medical or facility information.
- Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, or grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary.
- Maintain patients' restrictions to assigned areas.
- Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routine.
- Perform nursing duties, such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens, or drawing blood samples.
- Organize, supervise, or encourage patient participation in social, educational, or recreational activities.
- Interview patients upon admission and record information.
- Accompany patients to and from wards for medical or dental treatments, shopping trips, or religious or recreational events.
- Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing.
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