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Psychiatric Technician Part Time Evenings

Cayuga Medical Center
Ithaca, NY
  • Expired: December 19, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Psychiatric Technician Job Description

We will deliver the highest quality health care in partnership with our community, one person at a time.

Department: Behavioral Service Unit

Job Title: Psychiatric Technician

Reports To: BSU Manager

Job Summary:

Psychiatric Technicians are responsible for caring for patients who are severely developmentally disabled and need intensive care as well as are undergoing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction and Patients whose illnesses make them disoriented, uncooperative, or violent. Psychiatric technicians work as part of a medical team, under the direction of nurses and alongside other healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, counselors, and therapists. Because they have such close contact with patients, psychiatric technicians can have a great deal of influence on patients' outlook and treatment. Psychiatric technicians and aides may spend much of their shift on their feet.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Observe patients' behavior, listen to their concerns, and record their condition
  • 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
  • Assist in restraining patients who may become physically violent
  • Share their observations with members of the treatment team, including the Unit Manager, Team Leader and/or other team members as appropriate


Education: Associates Degree from an Accredited College or University in psychology or related field; Bachelor's degree or 5 years' experience preferred, successful completion of TCI within three (3) months of hire, BLS certification required.

Experience: At least 3 years' experience in a mental health field required, experience in mental health field strongly preferred.

Licensure: -

Physical Requirements: Audio and visual acuity and physical dexterity to interact appropriately with patients, peers, staff, and outside customers/agencies; Ability to do long periods of standing, walking, bending, and stretching, and ability to change body position and motion quickly; Ability to lift and assist in lifting, utilizing appropriate body mechanics, without weight restriction; Ability to participate as a member of the team trained to physically subdue and restrain violent persons of all sizes and strength. This activity includes, but is not limited to lifting, holding, straining, and running.

Cayuga Health System Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Cayuga Health System commits to treat all people with dignity so that everyone who comes to us is safe, cared for, and respected. We will support the growth of our employees and the health of our community by embracing the rich diversity of social and cultural identities, needs, and life circumstances of all people. We strive to recognize and overcome personal biases and systemic policies that marginalize others and contribute to disparities in healthcare access, equitable care, and good health outcomes.

Cayuga Health is dedicated to our vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As we strive towards our vision, we welcome the opportunity to work alongside a diverse range of employees.

Cayuga Medical Center


Ithaca, NY
14850 USA



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