Medical-Patient Safety Sitter-PRN


Immediate Supervisor:Director of Inpatient/Specialty Services

Position Status:PRN

Hours per week:any



Departments: Patient Safety Sitter-Medical
Position Status: PRN
Shift: Any
Hours per week: any
Weekends: Yes

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

Job Knowledge:

  • 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.


Responsibility For:

 Essential Functions:

  •  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.

Physical Demands:
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.

Special Demands:
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%