Patient Safety Attendant – Emergency Room (Full-Time, Day, Night)

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This position supports the Mission of the Hospital through the provision of distinctive and compassionate care to our patients. The Patient Safety Attendant supports licensed staff in providing safe & therapeutic patient care as delegated & in adherence to policies & procedures.
Current BLS for healthcare provider card, current CPI certificate (or obtained within 30 days of hire) High school diploma or G.E.D. One (1) year experience in assisting in the care of patients in an acute inpatient setting, preferred. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age appropriate assistance to the patients served on the unit.
Extensive stooping, reaching, sitting, walking, and bending. Lifts, positions, pushes and transfers patients. Must be able to lift 50-75 lbs. Hand manipulation, both fine & gross dexterity is required for writing & technical skills.
Working in an acute care environment with frequent patient and staff interaction.
(All duties listed below are essential to the job.)
Patient Observation:
a) Maintain constant attendance by remaining within visual contact of the patient at all times.
b) Never leaves patient unattended.
c) Refer patient requests that the caregiver cannot meet to nursing staff via the call light system/intercom or other communication system to summon staff for assistance or needed equipment/supplies.
d) Accompanies and stays with the patient when transported off the unit for any diagnostic tests or procedures unless instructed otherwise by the assigned nurse. Remain within line of sight of the patient unless otherwise directed by the individual performing the test or procedures. Inform the person doing the procedure that the patient must be under constant observation.
e) Remains in patient room at all times even with visitors and does not leave without relief.
f) Obtains permission and relief prior to leaving the room for any reason, including breaks and meals.
g) Documents observations on flow sheet as instructed and indicated.
Patient Safety:
a) Keeps patient room door open/partially open at all times.
b) Keeps bathroom door open at all times.
c) Removes sharp/dangerous items from room.
d) Screens all items brought in by visitors.
e) Knows patient’s ordered activity level.
f) Assists patients in/out of bed and to/from bathroom as ordered activity level permits.
g) Avoids wearing items around neck. (ID badge, stethoscopes, necklaces, etc.)
h) Ensures additional staff available while performing 1:1 patient care in 2:1 setting.
i) Provide care to the patient that does not interfere with the ability to maintain continuous visual contact.
Patient Privacy:
a) Maintains confidentiality related to all patient information.
b) Refrains from discussing patient information with anyone other than the Physician or direct care providers.
c) Respects the patient’s rights to dignity while providing care, with concern for safety as a priority.
a) Listens and acknowledges patient’s wishes to converse including complaints and feelings, and encourage the patient to share concerns with the physician and assigned nurse.
b) Conveys attitudes of compassion, empathy and understanding.
c) Refrains from conversations with patients regarding his/her medical condition or plan of care and refers all clinical question to assigned nurse.
d) Seeks guidance and direction when appropriate.
e) Monitors the patient’s verbalization and immediately informs the assigned nurse if patient expresses any idea or intention to hurt self/ others or leave without physician’s permission (elopement or Against Medical Advice (AMA)).
f) Identify and promptly report any changes in the patient’s status to the assigned nurse. Notify the assigned nurse or other nursing staff in case of an emergency or a sudden change in the patient’s condition/behavior. Also use hospital emergency call system for Code Blue or escape attempts (Code Green).
g) Provides a report of patient information and activity to relief patient safety attendant and to assigned nurse caregiver assigned to care for the patient prior to leaving at shift end.
h) Follows direction of the assigned nurse within sitter scope of practice and competency.
a) Provides patient care activities such as ambulating, etc. .. (within scope of practice and competency).
b) Observe as the patient easts and drinks, and assist if needed.
c) Refrains from making personal phone calls, eating food in room, sleeping; or reading personal material.
d) Allows patient control of television. Turn on/off or adjust the station or volume on a radio or television at patient request. Insure that the volume on the radio/television does not disturb other patients.
e) Refrains from use of personal electronics (iPod, iPad, Game boy, etc.)
f) Refrains from using computer.
g) Remains with assigned patient(s) until relief patient sitter has arrived and is in the patient room.
h) Notifying the assigned nurse prior to leaving the room if asked to leave by family.
i) Remain outside the door of the room if asked to leave by a physician or nurse. Return immediately when the physician or nurse leaves.
j) Adheres to dress code for patient care providers.
k) Completes required flow sheet documentation-.
l) Performs all other duties as assigned.
Supports hospital philosophy, goals and objectives in a professional manner
a) Utilizes resources (supplies, equipment, etc.) in a safe, cost effective and therapeutic manner.
b) Completes tasks in an orderly and timely fashion.
c) Remains flexible and adapts to change in assignments/priorities, to provide the most effective and efficient support for the patient.
d) Is dependable and reports to work as scheduled.
e) Demonstrates a positive attitude to harmonious relationships with health care team to provide good customer service.
f) Communicates well with others.
Demonstrates age appropriate care for integration across the life span
Recognizes and responds appropriately to unique needs of varying age groups with whom he/she has contact (adult, elderly).
Compensation Rate: $16.46 – $20.57
Placement in the pay range is based on multiple factors including, but not limited to, relevant years of experience and qualifications.  In addition to base pay, there may be additional compensation available for CMC/CSU roles, including but not limited to shift differential and other special pay practices, etc.  The posted compensation for the position is a reasonable estimate that extends from the lowest to the highest pay that  CMC/CSU in good faith believes it might pay for this particular job, based on the circumstances at the time of posting.

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