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Psychiatric Technician

Job classification

Class2305
TitlePsychiatric Technician
Overtime eligibility Covered (Non-Z)
Labor agreement SEIU, Local 1021, Misc

Current compensation plan

Effective: Jul 01, 2022

See Historic and future compensation information for this class

Step: Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Rate /hr: $39.6000 $41.5750 $43.6625 $45.8375 $48.1250
Rate /biweekly: $3,168.00 $3,326.00 $3,493.00 $3,667.00 $3,850.00
Rate /year: $82,368 $86,476 $90,818 $95,342 $100,100

Job description

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Title: PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN

Job Code: 2305

INTRODUCTION

Under the direction of a licensed physician, registered nurse, or clinical supervisor, provides a basic level of general and psychiatric nursing care to patients, performs responsible nursing and therapeutic procedures in the care and treatment of mentally ill ,patients; observes and recognizes symptoms and reactions of such patients and accurately records these; carries out treatments and medications as prescribed by a licensed physician; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Class 2305 Psychiatric Technician is distinguished from class 2314 Behavioral Health Team Leader in that the former is a journey level classification and the latter provides first line supervisory responsibility to a group that may include class 2305 Psychiatric Technicians

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

MAJOR, IMPORTANT, AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES

According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

1. Gives a basic level of general and psychiatric nursing care to mentally ill patients; works with an interdisciplinary treatment team to provide an overall treatment program for the patient.

2. Under supervision, may perform nursing procedures such as administering medications and treatments, including oral medications, injections, and enemas, taking and charting vital signs; observes patients’ condition and behavior; reports significant changes to supervisor or physician and documents care and/or treatments in nursing progress notes on patients; prepares patients and cares for them during treatment; gives first aid as needed.

3. Helps to create a safe and therapeutic environment for patients and recognizes early symptoms/signs of escalation and at risk behavior; uses appropriate interventions including crisis intervention, verbal de-escalation, and alerting other team members.

4. Implements therapeutic activities and documents patient participation; assists rehabilitation therapists in occupational and recreational therapies for patients.

5. Motivates patients to develop independence in performing activities of daily living. Assists patients with feeding, clothing, toileting, activities of daily living; ensure patients follow safe practices that protect patients and others from personal injury.

6. Receives visitors and encourages their interest in the patients' wellbeing and treatment plan; escorts patients on the facility premises and to and from the community; orders supplies as needed; keeps records; participates in orientation and in-service training programs.

IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of: nursing care, general and psychiatric procedures; patient behavior, basic physio-psychopathology and treatment modalities involved in the care and treatment of individual or groups of mentally ill patients; legal requirements; administrative and clerical procedures; current first-aid methods; medical terminology; pharmacology.

Ability and Skill to: Learn and apply general psychiatric knowledge., skills and attitudes; perform basic nursing procedures; establish effective therapeutic relationships with patients; carry out occupational and recreational therapy programs for patients; follow directions; keep appropriate records; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; control or restrain violent patients, with continuous exposure to conditions which may result in accidents, injuries or other disagreeable situations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification. Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Education:

Experience:

License and Certification:

Possession of a valid Psychiatric Technicians license issued by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

PROMOTIVE LINES

To : 2314 Behavioral Health Team Leader

From: Original entrance examination

ORIGINATION DATE:

AMENDED DATE: 11-1-76, 9-01-15

REASON FOR AMENDMENT To accurately reflect the current tasks, knowledge, skills and abilities defined in the most recent job analysis conducted for this job code.

BUSINESS UNIT(S): COMMN SFCCD SFUSD

Standard information

Disaster service work

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City 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.

Historic and future compensation

Effective (Sched) Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Jul 01, 2022 (W) $39.6000 $41.5750 $43.6625 $45.8375 $48.1250
Jan 08, 2022 (V) $37.6250 $39.5000 $41.4875 $43.5500 $45.7250
Jul 01, 2021 (U) $37.4375 $39.3000 $41.2750 $43.3375 $45.5000
Dec 26, 2020 (T) $36.1625 $37.9625 $39.8750 $41.8625 $43.9500
Jul 01, 2020 (S) $35.1125 $36.8625 $38.7125 $40.6375 $42.6750

Historic compensation data is provided in hourly pay.

Sources: San Francisco Open Data Portal: Classification descriptions table, Compensation plan table