Patient Safety Sitter_ FT 40
Department:Behavioral Health- Inpatient
Immediate Supervisor:Director of Behavioral Health
Hours per week:40
Receives existing RN report. Receives report from existing RN including any patient specific behaviors to observe. Provides direct observation of patient. Courteously greets patients, identifies self, and explains purpose, maintains visual contact with the patient at all times. Provides support to the patient care team Ensures patient’s safety. Observes and reports to the RN concerns or changes in patient behavior. Promptly calls for assistance as needed. Does not leave the patient unless relieved by another staff member. Notifies RN if tubes, IV, catheter, etc. become disconnected. Reports equipment alarms in the patient room to the RN.
THIS POSITION WILL TRAIN AS SCHEDULED, BUT WORKING SCHEDULE WILL BE PER BEING CALLED- Weekend work is required if scheduled.
High school diploma or GED, AHA Basic Life Support (BLS)
Hospital orientation, Se3cure Training, BLS
Preferred previous experience with patients in a hospital setting.
- Knowledge of Harrisburg Medical Center’s policies and procedures.
- Familiarity with Harrisburg Medical Center’s operation to a degree that unsafe conditions can be recognized, discussed and corrected at 100% competency level.
- Knowledge of what is needed to provide a Safe Environment.
Direct observation of patient. Documentation every 15 minutes related to the observation of communication, actions, etc. Ensures patient’s safety. . Observes and reports to the RN concerns or changes in patient behavior. Promptly calls for assistance as needed. Does not leave the patient unless relieved by another staff member.
Follows Hospital Policy regarding constant observation of patients. Assists coordination of tests and procedures
- The Patient Safety Sitter moves with the patient throughout their hospital stay.
- Accompanies the patient to other areas of the Hospital for diagnostic tests or upon transfer to other units.
- Transports patient belongings as required with the patient.
- Keeps patient room neat and orderly.
- Maintains a safe, orderly and well equipped environment.
- Helps implement safety procedures.
- The Patient Safety Sitter helps make the patient’s environment safe.
- Evaluates patient’s environment for possible hazards and removes those hazards.
- Promotes infection control. Washes hands before and after patient contact. Follows isolation procedures according to the Infection Control Policy.
- Competently utilizes technology by demonstrating an understanding of the use of unit technology i.e. call systems, bed controls and TV controls etc.
Must be able to sit for long periods of time. Able to fulfill the physical demand requirements of the job as stated. Visual, auditory and communication acuity. Minimal lifting, 10-25 lbs. Extended hours of work as dictated by work load.
Capable of observing patient and remaining alert at all times while on duty. Ability to communicate with hospital staff and respond quickly to patient behavioral changes by reporting and summoning assistance. Ability to use discretion and courtesy when working with patients, visitors, and staff.
Perform other duties as assigned within their role parameters
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.