Immediate Supervisor:Director of Inpatient/Specialty Services
Hours per week:any
|Departments: Patient Safety Sitter-Medical|
|Position Status: PRN|
|Hours per week: any|
The Safety Sitter is responsible for providing a safe environment for patients who are on one-to-one supervision for Safety or Suicide Precautions.
High School diploma or equivalent (GED) required.
Initial Training and Yearly Competency:
- General Hospital Orientation
- Service Excellence Initiative Training
- Handle with Care Behavior Management Training
- CPR Certification
- Vital Signs Assessment Competency
- Understands the importance of close observation of a patient to create an environment that is clean, safe, and conducive to the patient’s comfort and healing.
- Has knowledge of hospital and unit policy/procedure.
- Familiar with safety and infection control for patients, self, and visitors.
- Able to care for patients from teen age years on up to 90+ at 100% competency.
- Safety Sitters observe (direct) the patient and maintain a safe environment.
- Sitters sit in the patient’s room with an unobstructed view of the patient.
- Sitter accompanies patient for any clinical tests off the unit.
- Provides support to the patient care team (RNs, LPNs, NAs).
- Documents observation on appropriate form.
- Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
- Reports immediate patient needs, changes to RN on unit.
- Sitters assigned the full shift will serve as a float staff member on the Medical-Surgical Unit responsible for basic patient care including vital signs if their services as a sitter are not required.
Able to lift 50 pounds or more in moving, lifting patients, or equipment. Standing and sitting most of the time on duty. Assist with combative patients in a “Code 10” situation. Visual and auditory acuity. Good communication skills with clear understandable verbalization. Capable of working under high levels of stress.
Ability to de-escalate patients that are agitated. Shows competencies in “Handle with Care” program (de-escalation) and stays certified annually. Projects a positive public image of professionalism to patients, family and staff.
Representative Functions Percentage of Time
1. Provides direct patient care for safety, comfort, and well-being of patient. 95%
2. Performs tasks delegated by nurse in charge. 5%