The Patient Sitter performs under the supervision of the Registered Nurse on an assigned unit, Charge Nurse, Nurse Director and/or In-house Supervisor. Primary responsibility is to provide patient observation for patients at an increased risk for injury due to physical or cognitive conditions. May assist with limited activities of daily living as needed (i.e. assistance with feeding, hydration, toileting, etc). Maintains patient safety by accompanying the patient off the unit and maintaining direct contact with the patient in areas where other staff are not in constant attendance (i.e. Radiology).
Maintains patient safety by providing direct observation and companionship.
Provides sufficient protection and physical support to patients while in bed or chair, toileting, ambulating, or during transportation to other departments.
Demonstrates consistent ability to recognize and provide for patient comfort and safety needs according to plan of care and established procedures.
Demonstrates consistent ability to provide safe patient positioning and ambulatory needs based on the assessment of the RN.
Prepares the patient and environment for meals according to plan of care, recognizing the patient's physical limitations; verifies diet sheet to ensure accuracy with the physician order.
Knowledge and implementation of standardized PPE regarding the prevention / transmission of infectious disease / isolation processes.
Maintains patient safety by accompanying the patient off the unit and maintaining direct contact with the patient in areas where other staff are not in constant attendance (i.e. Radiology).
Reports changes in patient status or personal care needs to licensed or nursing assistant staff in a timely manner.
Communicates all patient or visitor issues or incidents to licensed staff for documentation and follow-up.
Demonstrates the correct emergency response according to policy and procedure.
Enhances growth and development through participation in relevant educational programs, current literature, in-services and meetings.
Flexibility in schedule in order to meet the needs of the patients, community and staff.
Participates in performance improvement to improve patient outcomes.
Maintains annual education requirements prior to due date
Other duties as assigned
Registered Nurse Sign On Bonus Eligibility Requirements:
The sign on bonus is available for full-time Registered Nurse positions.
This sign on bonus is not applicable to current VUMC staff or former staff who have worked for VUMC in the past two years.
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Heavy Work category requiring exertion of 50 to 100 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 20 to 50 lbs. of force frequently and/or up to 10 to 20 lbs. of force continually to move objects.
Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
Occasional: Carrying over 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
Frequent: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
Frequent: Walking: Moving about on foot.
Frequent: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
Frequent: Lifting over 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects from one level to another, includes upward pulling over 35 lbs, with help of coworkers or assistive device
Frequent: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
Frequent: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
Frequent: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
Frequent: Climbing: Ascending or descending stairs/ramps using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.
Frequent: Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
Frequent: Crouching/Squatting: Bending body downward and forward by bending legs and spine.Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
Frequent: Pathogens: Risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other contagious illnesses.
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