Licensed Psychiatric Technician/Vocational Nurse - Inpatient Locked Unit
Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Some College
Salary: $58,608.42-$77,778.61 Annually
Hospital, Public and Private
Psychiatric Technician I: $58,608.42 - $70,075.05 Annually
Psychiatric Technician II: $64,924.04 - $77,778.61 Annually
Bilingual allowance when applicable.
Special Duty Assignment allowance when regularly assigned to the Psychiatric Health Facility.
Shift differentials as agreed upon with Local Union.
Internal Number: 22-5210-01 (O)
We are currently accepting applications for Licensed Psychiatric Technician position at the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) located in Santa Barbara, California.
The Facility is a 24-hour,16-bed locked inpatient unit which requires shift work including weekends, holidays, evening, and overnights. The PHF schedule is based on 12-hour shifts. Incumbents work with adult patients who can be a danger to themselves or others due to a mental illness.
Under direction of a Registered Nurse, provides psychiatric nursing care to acute and chronic mentally ill patients; participates in an overall psychiatric inpatient treatment program; and performs related duties as required. Behavioral Wellness Psychiatric Technician I/II is a flexibly staffed series.
Psychiatric Technician I is the entry-level class in this series. Incumbents learn to perform the range of psychiatric nursing duties required to care for primarily high risk, mentally ill patients in a locked institutional setting.
Psychiatric Technician II has more fully developed skills and is required to act with more independence in the promotion and utilization of effective mental health techniques in providing care for patients.
Incumbents in this class work within an interdisciplinary team providing assessment, prevention, intervention, treatment, and related ancillary support services via an integrated service delivery system to patients with mental illness, alcohol and other drug-related problems, and/or co-occurring conditions.
The link to the official job descriptions can be found here:
Possession of a valid license as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the State of California; OR,
Possession of a valid license as a Vocational Nurse issued by the State of California ANDone (1) year of nursing experience in a psychiatric facility or community mental health program; OR,
A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge, abilities, and license.
Fingerprinting: for the purpose of a criminal record check as authorized by Section 16501 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and Section 11105.3 of the California Penal Code is required.
Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required at the time of application. A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.
Knowledge of: the fundamentals of nursing care, crisis intervention techniques, patient behavior, and mental hygiene principles and procedures involved in the assessment, care, counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation of emotionally disturbed and mentally ill patients; current first aid methods; medical and psychiatric terminology; pharmacology, including typical reactions and responses to psychotropic drugs and common medications as well as their possible side effects.
Working Conditions: Incumbents must be able to restrain patients in crisis and other situations, and work shifts.
Disaster Service Worker: Pursuant to Governmental code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law. Vaccination Verification and Testing: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.
About Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness
Founded in 1962, it is the mission of the Department of Behavioral Wellness to promote the prevention of and recovery from addiction and mental illness among individuals, families and communities, by providing effective leadership and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally competent services. The Department provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support services to 10,000 clients with mental illness and substance use disorders annually through its professional staff of over 400, in addition to its many contracted Community-Based Organization (CBO) providers. The Department’s decisions and service delivery are guided by the following values:
Quality services for persons of all ages with mental illness and/or substance abuse;
Integrity in individual and organizational actions;
Dignity, respect, and compassion for all persons;
Active involvement of clients and families in treatment, recovery, and policy development;
Diversity throughout our organization and cultural competency in service delivery;
A system of care and recovery that is clearly defined and promotes recovery and resiliency;
Emphasis on prevention and treatment;
Teamwork among department employees in an atmosph...ere that is respectful and creative;
Continuous quality improvement in service delivery and administration;
Wellness modeled for our clients at all levels; i.e., staff who regularly arrive at the workplace healthy, energetic and resilient;
Safety for everyone.