JOB SUMMARY The Patient Sitter performs under the supervision of the Registered Nurse on an assigned unit, Charge Nurse, Nurse Director and/or In-house Supervisor. Primary responsibility is to provide patient observation for patients at an increased risk for injury due to physical or cognitive conditions. May assist with limited activities of daily living as needed (i.e. assistance with feeding, hydration, toileting, etc.). Maintains patient safety by accompanying the patient off the unit and maintaining direct contact with the patient in areas where other staff are not in constant attendance (i.e. Radiology).
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES * Maintains patient safety by providing direct observation and companionship. * Provides sufficient protection and physical support to patients while in bed or chair, toileting, ambulating, or during transportation to other departments. * Demonstrates consistent ability to recognize and provide for patient comfort and safety needs according to plan of care and established procedures. * Demonstrates consistent ability to provide safe patient positioning and ambulatory needs based on the assessment of the RN. * Prepares the patient and environment for meals according to plan of care, recognizing the patient's physical limitations; verifies diet sheet to ensure accuracy with the physician order. * Knowledge and implementation of standardized PPE regarding the prevention / transmission of infectious disease / isolation processes. * Maintains patient safety by accompanying the patient off the unit and maintaining direct contact with the patient in areas where other staff are not in constant attendance (i.e. Radiology). * Reports changes in patient status or personal care needs to licensed or nursing assistant staff in a timely manner. * Communicates all patient or visitor issues or incidents to licensed staff for documentation and follow-up. * Demonstrates the correct emergency response according to policy and procedure. * Enhances growth and development through participation in relevant educational programs, current literature, in-services and meetings. * Flexibility in schedule in order to meet the needs of the patients, community and staff. * Participates in performance improvement to improve patient outcomes. * Maintains annual education requirements prior to due date * Other duties as assigned
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* Organizational Impact: Performs clearly defines tasks and methods described in detail to achieve standardized solutions that impact own performance with regular guidance. * Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Follows a well established process to solve routine problems where solutions are clearly prescribed. * Breadth of Knowledge: Has basic job knowledge of systems and procedures that are common to own job. * Team Interaction: Individually contributes to the team.
Core Capabilities :
Delivering Excellent Services : Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service. Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns in a timely manner. Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support. Ensuring High Quality : Performs Excellent Work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards. Ensures Continuous Improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond. Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department. Managing Resources Effectively: Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service. Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources.Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error. Fostering Innovation :Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them. - Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action.- Adapts to Change: Embraces changes by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work.
Relevant Work Experience
Less than 1 year
High School Diploma or GED
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