Sitter PRN 7A-7P

Jacksonville, Florida
Competitive Salary
Nov 11, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
Contract Type

Specialty Hospital is a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) specializing in the treatment of seriously ill, medically complex patients that require hospitalization for longer periods of time, with an average stay of 3-4 weeks. This provides necessary time to focus on a patients recovery to their fullest potential, and is one of the factors that distinguish Specialty Hospital from short acute care hospitals. This fully-licensed and accredited hospital is the only one of its kind in Jacksonville, and one of approximately 460 such hospitals nationwide. Specialty Hospital offers specialized, interdisciplinary, compassionate programs in a medical environment that integrates healing and recovery through four main programs of excellence: Cardiopulmonary Program - ventilator and/or tracheostomy weaning and complications of chronic lung disease; Wound Management Program - decubitus, circulatory, and diabetic ulcers, and non-healing surgical wounds; Infectious Disease Program - treatment of multiple infectious disease processes; and Complex Medical/Rehabilitative Program - provide intensive medical management.





The Patient Sitter/Companion, under the direction of the nurse, assists in providing safety care to a designated group of patients.  The patient sitter/companion assists in monitoring the patient for safety and specific needs.  The patient sitter/companion will assist the nurse and patient care technician in providing a safe environment for the designated group of patients. 



Primary Duties

  • Remains alert and aware of surroundings at all times
  • Remains at patients bedside or in hallway outside rooms throughout shift. Notifies nurse when necessary to leave for meal break
  • Communicates with primary nurse assigned to patient at beginning of shift and throughout the shift regarding patients status
  • Reports any risks, issues, concerns to the nurse immediately
  • Directs the patient/significant other to nurse
  • Notifies nurse or House Supervisor of patient/significant other complaint
  • Follows through with assignment and notifies House Supervisor if unable to complete or issues arise
  • Remains calm in emergency situations
  • Completes documentation as directed correctly; ie; restraint checklist

 Environment of Care

  • Cleans & restocks room & hallway, as appropriate (PPE supplies)
  • Ensures patient rooms are neat & clean as appropriate, (ie; when assignment is one-on-one)
  • Identifies any situation that creates an “at risk” environment
  • Demonstrates knowledge of & performs appropriately to Safety & Disaster Plans

 Patient Nutrition

  • Assists patient with meal trays as appropriate, (ie; when assignment is one-on-one)

 Patient Safety

  • Responds appropriately to patient and call bells
  • Reports any patient safety concerns to the primary nurse, i.e.: patient at risk to fall

 Patient Findings and Documentation

  • Reports changes in patient's condition immediately to nurse
  • Communicates on an on-going basis, to include beginning, during & end of shift
  • Reports abnormal findings immediately

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