State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PSYCHIATRIC SECURITY ATTENDANT
Performs security work and nursing care of psychiatric patients within a forensic mental health unit.
Maintains order and discipline in housing and treatment area; protects employees and patients from acts of violence from psychiatrically acute patients;
Inspects patient quarters for cleanliness and order; searches quarters and persons for contraband; escorts patients on outside trips;
Observes patients for unusual or significant behavior; prepares reports to supervisor;
Participates in directed treatment plan for patients;
Participates in providing therapeutic environment through acceptance of patient behavior and guidance toward more rational behavior;
Provides for patient safety and comfort through attention to general health and assistance and guidance in cleanliness, grooming, rest, activity, and nourishment; maintains an attractive and comfortable ward environment;
Assists the nurses in the administration of medications and treatments prescribed by a physician;
Prepares and cares for patients receiving treatments administered by the physician and orders, prepares, and cares for supplies and equipment used in treatment;
Encourages and supervises patients in group or individual recreational, social, and related activities, and acts as patient escort;
Participates in in‑service education program;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: personal hygiene; objectives of rehabilitation programs in state hospitals penal institutions.
Ability to: use skill in inter‑personal relations; apply basic nursing principles; learn skills necessary in caring for psychiatric patients; treat individuals with respect, kindness, and consideration; secure patient cooperation and confidence; learn and apply security regulations and patient personal rights; observe and learn habits and attitudes of patients: control and direct patient individually and in groups; discuss patients’ problems and offer advice; recognize patient problems which should be brought to attention of supervisor; follow oral and written instructions.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
Two years of experience in care of psychiatric patients.
Licensure as a Practical Nurse may be substituted for the required experience providing that the training included experience in psychiatric nursing.
College level course work in one of the social sciences may be substituted for the required experience on a year for year basis.
Registration as a nursing assistant is required.
Class Specification History
New class: 11-9-73
Revised minimum qualifications: 10-16-75
Revised minimum qualifications: 2-11-2000
New class code: (formerly 56560) effective July 1, 2007
Salary adjustment and revisions to the definition: adopted June 30, 2017 effective July 1, 2017.