ERIC Number: ED023829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Psychiatric Aide in State Mental Hospitals.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Manpower Studies Unit.
Benchmark data essential to further study and action were obtained in 1963 from personnel records and interviews with representative samples of aides and nurses. Some findings were: (1) State and county mental hospitals employed approximately 96,000 psychiatric aides with eight states acccounting for one-half, (2) Although there were wide variations among the states, national averages were 18 aides per 100 patients in state and county mental hospitals, 26 per staff psychiatrist or psychiatric resident, and 9 per registered nurse, (3) Six out of 10 aides were women and the median age was 44 for women and 38 for men, (4) Almost 50 percent of the aides had completed high school and 10 percent had had one to three years of college, while 5 percent had had fewer than eight years of elementary school, (5) When hired only 7 percent had had any relevant training and only 27 percent relevant experience, (6) Nonwhites were represented in excess of their proportion in the total labor force, (7) The median salary was $3,550, (8) 70 percent of the aides were supervised by a registered nurse, 3 percent by a licensed practical nurse, 19 percent by another aide, and 7 percent by a person with another job title, and (9) Formal training programs were in operation in nine out of 10 institutions and the median number of hours of instruction was 60 and of supervised ward training, 38. (JK)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Nurses, Occupational Surveys, Psychiatric Aides, Work Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Manpower Studies Unit.