Patient Care Sitter
Company: Rush University Medical Center
Location: Oak Park
Posted on: November 17, 2022
**Job Description** **Department:** Nursing Administration
**Work Type:** Full Time (Total FTE between 0.9 and 1.0) **Shift:**
**Shift 3** **Work Schedule:** **8 Hr.** **Summary:** Provides
direct visual surveillance for patients under the supervision of
nursing staff. Provides continuous observation of adolescent, adult
and elderly patients who may be unsafe to themselves or others.
Notifies nursing staff to ensure optimal patient safety and patient
comfort. Communicates frequently with patients, visitors and
co-workers. Uses judgment in order to maintain good will and
promote cooperation with the patient and family members. Uses
discretion when presenting and discuss information about patients
or unit activities. Demonstrates the abilities to rotate through
different units in the hospital, and areas where assigned.
Recognizes own limitations and seeks assistance as appropriate.
Rounds on patient hourly and answers call lights, focusing on
customer service and patient requests to the appropriate parties
(RN or PCT). Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and
acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.
**Responsibilities:** Orient patient to room and environment every
hour or as needed. Engage in conversations to calm patient,
reorient patient or guide patient to prevent harm to patient or
self. Patients request for assistance are promptly referred to the
nursing staff via the call light system. The Patient Care Sitter
provides constant observation and monitoring of assigned patients
to ensure safety and prevention of injury. He/she does not leave
patient unless relieved by another staff member. Sits with an
unobstructed view of the patient. Receives report from exiting PCT
or RN including any patient specific behaviors to monitor.
Immediately reports any changes(s) in the patient to assigned nurse
or charge RN. At the end of the shift, reports pertinent findings
to assigned nurse. Courteously greets patients, identifies self,
and explains purpose for care. Accompanies patient off the unit for
all tests or procedures or upon transfer to other units.
Responsible for physical appearance of the patient's room.
Maintains a safe work environment: Keeps patient rooms and unit
orderly, according to guidelines and unit routines. Promotes and
follows hospital infection control policies. Washes hands before
and after patient contact. Demonstrates understanding of the use of
unit technology (call systems, bed and TV controls). Maintains
confidentiality of client information. Must have a caring attitude
towards clients with the maturity to meet the demands of patient
assignments. Must have ability and initiative to effectively plan,
coordinate and carry out assignments without constant supervision.
Maintains customer service focus during all interactions.
Replenishes patient room supplies as needed. Allowed to perform
non-direct patient care activity such as those a volunteer would
perform. **Other information:** **Required Job Qualifications:**
High school diploma or equivalent. Excellent communication and
customer service skills. Ability to mitigate difficult situations.
Excellent observational skills **Preferred Job Qualifications:**
Prior clinical experience in an acute care setting. **Physical
Demands:** Work requires occasionally lifting or carrying objects
35-40lbs. Work requires ability to walk throughout the Hospital and
to be standing or sitting most of designated shift (90%). Work
conditions include constant visual observation of patient for an
extended period of time where carelessness could result in injury
or illness and/or contact with potentially infectious materials
and/or strong chemical agents. RUSH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
EMPLOYER. WE EVALUATE QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE,
COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, NATIONAL
ORIGIN, DISABILITY, VETERAN STATUS, AND OTHER LEGALLY PROTECTED
CHARACTERISTICS. **Position** Patient Care Sitter **Location**
US:IL:Oak Park **Req ID** 1375
Keywords: Rush University Medical Center, Oak Park , Patient Care Sitter, Other , Oak Park, Illinois
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