Patient Sitter PRN
Kingwood Medical Center - Kingwood, Texas
Kingwood Medical Center is currently looking for a Patient Sitter
The Patient Sitter has the responsibility of supporting the mission of the hospital, while maintain a safe environment for the patient at all times. Patient sitters include: Patient Care Assistants, Unit Secretaries, or Specifically assigned Patient Sitters. They will work under direct supervision of the Licensed Nurse.
The Patient Sitter
is responsible for providing one to one observation of a patient, working in controlled and/or uncontrolled patient care situations.
- The sitter reports to the Charge Nurse on arrival to the unit.
- Sitters are not to sleep on duty. (Grounds for immediate termination)
- Sitters are not permitted to eat while in the patients room. A meal break and coverage for the patient will be provided.
- Must remain with the patient at all times unless there is relief.
- Report off to a Licensed Nurse, responsible for the patient prior to leaving your duties for the shift.
- No use of personal cell phones or patients telephone for personal calls. If there is an emergency, please notify the Charge Nurse for relief to make the phone call outside of the patient care area.
- Sitters may have reading material while on duty, but it must not interfere with their duties to observe the patient.
- Appropriate work attire is required. (Please refer to the Dress Code Policy).
- Assist Nursing staff in provision of required feeding, positioning, elimination needs, or mobility.
- If a CNA is provided as a sitter, routine ADLs and vital signs are to be done for their shift.
- Notify the staff immediately of any changes in the patients condition or needs for assistance.
- Sit in an unobstructed view of the patient.
- Accompany patients off unit to tests. Remain in at least one arms length from patient while off unit.
- Possible may be required to sit with two patients in one room. The sitter must position self to maintain an unobstructed view of both patients. Additional staff will assist when performing tasks such as ambulating one patient, so the other patient is monitored.
- If the patient is restrained, only the Licensed Nurse will remove or adjust restraints.
- Will be responsible for knowledge and skill necessary to provide care based on physical, psychological, educational, safety and related criteria for the neonate, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric population.