Mental health nursing technician - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Mental health nursing technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform technical nursing activities in public and private companies such as: hospitals, clinics and other medical care establishments, boats and homes, they work in surgery, therapy, childcare, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, occupational health and other areas. They provide patient care, ensuring their comfort and well-being, administering medications and performing surgical instrumentation tasks, properly positioning the patient and the instruments. They organize the work environment and give continuity to the shifts. They work in accordance with good practices, standards and biosafety procedures. They carry out records and prepare technical reports. They perform activities and carry out actions to promote family health.

How much does an Mental health nursing technician earn

A Mental health nursing technician earns between $1.155 and $2.750 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.556 and a median salary of $1.420 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 826 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Mental health nursing technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.556 18.672 389 8
1º Quartile 1.155 13.857 289 6
Median Salary 1.420 17.035 355 7
3º Quartile 2.097 25.166 524 11
Higher Salary 2.750 32.999 687 14

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • nursing technicians and assistants

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Main workplaces

Nursing technicians and assistants they work in hospitals, clinics, social services, or even at home. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, or work on their own, providing temporary services in clinics or residences. They are organized as a team, working under the permanent supervision of a nurse or another member of the higher-level health team. They work in closed environments and with shifts, or confined in a vessel, in the case of the health assistant (maritime navigation). Exception made to professionals working in family health, who, according to a specific ordinance, work eight hours a day. It is common for them to work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation. In some activities, they may be exposed to biological contamination, toxic material and radiation.

What does it take to work in the field of Nursing technicians and assistants

Admission to technical occupations requires certification of skills or a technical course in nursing (middle level). For nursing assistants, basic education and professional qualification courses are required with a minimum of four hundred class hours, which can reach fifteen hundred. The possibility of continuing the qualification will depend on the completion of high school. Currently, there are technical courses in nursing, organized modularly, with intermediate outputs for the qualification of nursing assistants. The entry requirement for these courses is complete high school, with the philosophy of continuing education, which makes it possible for the assistant to reach the technical level, by completing new modules of professional training.

Functions and activities of Mental health nursing technician

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

  • care patient;
  • working with biosafety and safety;
  • promote family health;
  • providing patient care;
  • perform admission procedures;
  • perform surgical instrumentation;
  • promote mental health;
  • provide patient care;
  • provide patient assistance;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • organize work environment;
  • assist technical team in specific procedures;
  • care for the patient;
  • assist the technical team in specific procedures;
  • communicate;
  • administer prescription medication;
  • working with biosafety and security;
  • promoting family health;
  • work with biosafety and safety;
  • administer prescribed medication;
  • give continuity to shifts;
  • work with biosafety and security;

  • Activities

    • perform blood glucose tests;
    • updating registration information;
    • apply enema (intestinal wash);
    • introduce nasogastric and vesical catheter;
    • tag patient belongings;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • massage patient;
    • exchange technical information;
    • resolve pending issues (drugs, dressings, exams, referrals, fasting, among others) ;
    • check sterilization result and validity;
    • using personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • administer incompatible medication separately;
    • educate family about mental illness;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • check received medications;
    • sanitize patient;
    • remove the patient;
    • conduct patient to social activities;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • help the patient to eat;
    • provide linen;
    • inspect facilities and workers;
    • advise family and patient;
    • limit patient circulation space;
    • monitor serum and medication administration time;
    • recommend abstaining from decisions during mental breakdown;
    • check quantity of implant parts;
    • implement prescribed therapeutic activities;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • remove patient;
    • assist the team in invasive procedures;
    • prepare a patient report;
    • proceed to inhalation therapy;
    • check the number of surgical compresses;
    • care for the body after death;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • punch venous access;
    • prepare prescription medication;
    • participate in case discussion;
    • perform tests and exams;
    • arrange clothes;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • accompany patient in medication intake;
    • stimulate patient expression;
    • check amount of psychotropic drugs;
    • changing dressings;
    • change position in bed;
    • define territory of action;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • wash hands before and after each procedure;
    • record medication administration;
    • preventing against adverse effects of the products;
    • call doctor in case of complications;
    • participate in public health campaigns;
    • wearing;
    • make personal belongings available to patient (identity preservation);
    • caring for the body after death;
    • apply ice pack and wet and dry heat;
    • aspirate orotracheal and tracheostomy cannula;
    • offer bedpan and parrot;
    • provide consumables;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • identify users' needs;
    • mark type of hamper and garbage contamination;
    • forward material for exams;
    • register intake;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • organize medications and materials for patient and nursing use;
    • place side rails on the bed;
    • record events and procedures performed;
    • package sharps for disposal;
    • get vaccinated;
    • control periodic examinations of employees;
    • paramentar-se;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • disinfect devices and materials;
    • watch for temperature and patient reactions in transfusions;
    • list patient's belongings;
    • check quantity and functionality of material and equipment;
    • make beds;
    • identify medication to be administered (bed, name and patient record);
    • dismiss the sick or injured employee and crew from work;
    • administer incompatible medications separately;
    • ready the patient for examination and surgery;
    • collect material for exams;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • inspect validity of materials and medicines;
    • mark type of contamination of hamper and garbage;
    • check patient and belongings (drugs, alcohol, etc.);
    • vaccinate yourself;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • contain sharps for disposal;
    • install induced power;
    • control water balance;
    • stimulate vesico-intestinal function;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • providing concurrent and terminal cleaning;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • seal the operating room;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • assist in patient resuscitation;
    • check the sufficiency of equipment, surgical material and compresses;
    • protect bony prominences;
    • protect patient during crises;
    • control vital signs;
    • activate security team;
    • administer chemotherapy products;
    • control vaccine administration;
    • transporting clothes and materials for purge;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • give lectures;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • check route of administration;
    • stimulate the patient to express feelings;
    • supply the team's demands;
    • arrange clothes;
    • write down surgery expenses;
    • participate in the management of supplies;
    • to be responsible for all care provided to the enrolled population;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • inspect each patient;
    • forward material to the operating room;
    • measure patient (weight, height);
    • stimulate patient to express feelings;
    • check quantity of psychotropic drugs;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • calculate medication dosage;
    • discard contaminated material;
    • organize medications and materials for patient use and nursing station;
    • record complications and procedures performed;
    • position patient for surgery;
    • stimulate patient (active and passive movements);
    • position electric scalpel plate;
    • replace material in the operating room;
    • contain patient in bed;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • vaccinating yourself;
    • label medical prescription (bed, name and patient record);
    • report adverse drug effects to the physician;
    • count the number of compresses, material and instruments before and after surgery;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • prepare patient for medication;
    • inspect cardiopulmonary arrest cart (pcr);
    • follow protocol in case of contamination or accident;
    • interpret skin tests;
    • recommend disembarkation of sick and injured person;
    • request the presence of other professionals in the surgical center;
    • install blood products;
    • introduce yourself by placing the patient in the environment;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • record intercurrences and procedures performed;
    • monitor patient progress;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • demarcate behavioral boundaries;
    • prevent suicide attempts and risk situations;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • pass instruments to the surgical team;

    Sectors that hire Mental health nursing technician the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • psychosocial assistance to people with psychic disorders, mental disability and chemical dependency
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • activities of religious organizations
    • psychosocial assistance center activities
    • long stay institutions for the elderly
    • temporary labor lease
    • support centers for cancer and aids patients
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation

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