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Patient Sitter

Job Description

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE



1.         Obtains verbal report from the patient’s nurse to include information regarding the patient’s identified care needs, diagnosis, visual, auditory, or language barriers, as well as any special consideration (diet, bed alarms, etc.).



2.         Positions self to always be within close proximity of the patient and maintain constant visual observation of the patient. Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight unless specifically instructed by the nurse.



3.         Obtains instruction from nurse regarding ambulation limitations and course of action for redirection of patient if needed.



4.         May not transport patient for testing and procedures off the unit but must accompany and remain within arm’s length of patient unless otherwise directed by the person performing the test or procedure.



5.         Observant of the patient’s activity and behavior and communicates on a regular basis to the nurse. Receives direction from the nurse re: what to report, to whom, and how.



6.         Provides for patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction.  Maintains patient environment in a safe and orderly manner.



7.         Functions cooperatively as a team member.  Responds as directed by responsible nurse to changing patients'/unit's needs.  During a patient or environmental emergency, may serve as a runner or transport patients as directed.



8.         Communicates in a professional manner and demonstrates respect for patient, families/significant other and other health care members.



9.         Offers support and feedback to peers and staff.  Applies principles of caring and healing in interactions with patients and families and with colleagues.



10.     Accurately and legibly records data collected and notifies RN of any untoward events, i.e., behavioral changes, violent behavior, etc.



11.     Seeks and supports opportunities for professional growth and development.



12.     Offers consistent and visible support to team members.



13.     Complies with all hospital rules, regulations, and nursing standards.



14.     Strives to achieve excellence of service as described in the IMPACTS commitment.



15.     Take and record vital signs properly.



16.     Employ appropriate crisis intervention techniques as needed.



17.     Employ facility approved Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (CPI/PMAB) techniques as necessary.



18.     Assist patients through the discharge process.



19.     Assist patients with personal hygiene and activities of daily living.



20.     Assume responsibilities for the completion of all patient care responsibilities and other assigned
duties.



21.     Act as the patient's advocate and assure that patient's rights are upheld.



22.     Comply with established measures for infection control, OSHA regulations, and risk management.



23.     Comply with the Employee Code of Ethics.



24.     Verbalizes understanding and responsibilities during all hospital codes. The assigned patient remains the patient sitter’s PRIMARY responsibility at all times.



25.     Responsible for honest behavior in all matters.  To the best of the employee’s knowledge and understanding, complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations.



26.     Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information. 



27.     Uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job.



28.     Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

POSITION SUMMARY



The Patient Sitter provides close observation of patients. Assists in the provision of a safe and clean environment. Promotes the therapeutic milieu and the efficiency of the nursing team. Provides assistance with activities of daily living, unless the patient needs are such that adverse health consequences are predictable. Patient sitter’s work under the direction of a Registered Nurse.



QUALIFICATIONS



Education: High School Degree or equivalent preferred



Experience:  One year of related experience, with a knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.



Licensure:   N/A



Additional Requirements: Successful completion CPR certification and Management of Aggressive Behavior training to within 90 days of employment prior to assisting with restraining procedures. May be required to work overtime and flexible hours.

Job Snapshot

Location US-IL-Waukegan
Employment Type Full-Time/Part-Time
Pay Type Year
Pay Rate N/A
Store Type Health Care
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Company Overview

Lake Behavioral Hospital

Lake Behavioral Hospital offers comprehensive, specialized mental health programs for adults. After an initial evaluation, we develop an individualized treatment plan that may involve inpatient, partial hospitalization and / or intensive outpatient treatment. Our compassionate and experienced team of psychiatrists, licensed therapists, nurses and support staff are here to create an atmosphere of health, hope and healing. Lake Behavioral Hospital has a very clear goal: to help people live healthier lives. Since a mental health crisis can severely impact everyday life, we help our patients and families regain their balance. We treat patients who experience thoughts of suicide, grief, depression, anxiety and addiction, and help them maneuver through the crisis and into recovery. We work to restore a positive emotional state and health by teaching communication, coping skills and self-awareness. Learn More

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US-IL-Waukegan
Snapshot
Lake Behavioral Hospital
Company:
US-IL-Waukegan
Location:
Full-Time/Part-Time
Employment Type:
Year
Pay Type:
N/A
Pay Rate:
Health Care
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Job Description

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE



1.         Obtains verbal report from the patient’s nurse to include information regarding the patient’s identified care needs, diagnosis, visual, auditory, or language barriers, as well as any special consideration (diet, bed alarms, etc.).



2.         Positions self to always be within close proximity of the patient and maintain constant visual observation of the patient. Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight unless specifically instructed by the nurse.



3.         Obtains instruction from nurse regarding ambulation limitations and course of action for redirection of patient if needed.



4.         May not transport patient for testing and procedures off the unit but must accompany and remain within arm’s length of patient unless otherwise directed by the person performing the test or procedure.



5.         Observant of the patient’s activity and behavior and communicates on a regular basis to the nurse. Receives direction from the nurse re: what to report, to whom, and how.



6.         Provides for patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction.  Maintains patient environment in a safe and orderly manner.



7.         Functions cooperatively as a team member.  Responds as directed by responsible nurse to changing patients'/unit's needs.  During a patient or environmental emergency, may serve as a runner or transport patients as directed.



8.         Communicates in a professional manner and demonstrates respect for patient, families/significant other and other health care members.



9.         Offers support and feedback to peers and staff.  Applies principles of caring and healing in interactions with patients and families and with colleagues.



10.     Accurately and legibly records data collected and notifies RN of any untoward events, i.e., behavioral changes, violent behavior, etc.



11.     Seeks and supports opportunities for professional growth and development.



12.     Offers consistent and visible support to team members.



13.     Complies with all hospital rules, regulations, and nursing standards.



14.     Strives to achieve excellence of service as described in the IMPACTS commitment.



15.     Take and record vital signs properly.



16.     Employ appropriate crisis intervention techniques as needed.



17.     Employ facility approved Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (CPI/PMAB) techniques as necessary.



18.     Assist patients through the discharge process.



19.     Assist patients with personal hygiene and activities of daily living.



20.     Assume responsibilities for the completion of all patient care responsibilities and other assigned
duties.



21.     Act as the patient's advocate and assure that patient's rights are upheld.



22.     Comply with established measures for infection control, OSHA regulations, and risk management.



23.     Comply with the Employee Code of Ethics.



24.     Verbalizes understanding and responsibilities during all hospital codes. The assigned patient remains the patient sitter’s PRIMARY responsibility at all times.



25.     Responsible for honest behavior in all matters.  To the best of the employee’s knowledge and understanding, complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations.



26.     Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information. 



27.     Uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job.



28.     Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

POSITION SUMMARY



The Patient Sitter provides close observation of patients. Assists in the provision of a safe and clean environment. Promotes the therapeutic milieu and the efficiency of the nursing team. Provides assistance with activities of daily living, unless the patient needs are such that adverse health consequences are predictable. Patient sitter’s work under the direction of a Registered Nurse.



QUALIFICATIONS



Education: High School Degree or equivalent preferred



Experience:  One year of related experience, with a knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.



Licensure:   N/A



Additional Requirements: Successful completion CPR certification and Management of Aggressive Behavior training to within 90 days of employment prior to assisting with restraining procedures. May be required to work overtime and flexible hours.

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