Patient Observation Aide

Published On: 12/28/2018
  • Job Order ID: 581
  • City: Augusta
  • State: GA
Brief Description:

Patient Observation Aide for observation and safety needed for local hospital to observe and monitor assigned patients to ensure safety and prevention of injury.  All shifts needed. Hours and days per week will vary depending on hospital needs. Experience in medical setting is REQUIRED.

Function

The Patient Safety Attendant provides support to the patient care team as well as attending to certain specified needs of the patient. Assists in meeting patient needs for specific age groups (adult, adolescent, and geriatric) in the areas of comfort, activities of daily living, and safety needs. Communicates with team members in a timely manner, about their observations of patient's progress, needs and problems. Maintains
established departmental and hospital policies, procedures, objectives, Performance Improvement and Patient Safety, and Infection Prevention standards. Works as a member of a unit based, multidisciplinary patient care team. Embraces shared governance nursing organizational principals by being aware of nursing council's activities so that outcome, goals and objectives of nursing are achieved.
Accountability will be monitored through direct observations, achievement of team service goals including satisfaction, quality, and financial outcomes; and performance improvement activities.
The provision of nursing care will be provided in an environment that embraces maximum participation by the staff.
Demonstrates population-specific competencies (e.g. age-specific, cultural sensitivity, patient-centered communication) in performance of role.

 

1. Observes and monitors assigned patient(s) to ensure safety and prevention of injury. Maintains safe and orderly environment at all times.  

2. Obtains report from patient(s) nurse and departing Patient Safety Attendant to regarding specific behaviors to monitor. Documents on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) or appropriate Patient Safety Attendant log as required.

3. Observes and reports to patient(s) nurse all concerns or changes in condition.

4. Ensures safety equipment, such as Bed Fall Monitor (BFM) is working appropriately and turned on as necessary.
5. Requires direct observation of patient(s) at all times, leaving only when relieved by another staff member. If patient is not suicidal, is able to leave the room if family is present or if approved by assigned RN.

6. Screens and constantly monitors the patient(s) environment, eliminating and reducing risks of self- harm. Alerts patient(s) nurse of identified risks or concerns immediately.

7. Initiates a Code Gray if patient, family member, or visitor has a behavioral outburst that does not de-escalate.

8. Ensures and completes all responsibilities and duties per guidelines.  

9. Other duties may be assigned

Requirement Note

Qualifications Required

 

Education:

High School Diploma or GED required.

 

Experience:

Six (6) months of patient care experience in a hospital or health care setting or will accept completion of a college or technical program for Nursing Assistant, Dietician, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Phlebotomist, EKG Technician, Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, etc.

 

Knowledge, skills, abilities:

1. Basic knowledge of growth, development, and health care needs relevant to the ages of the patients served.

2. Good communication skills for interaction with patients, families, visitors, team members, physicians, and other hospital personnel.

3. Basic problem solving skills for effective problem and conflict resolution.

4. Requires demonstrated traits of initiative and dependability.

5. Ability to perform efficiently and effectively under stress.

6. Ability to read, write, perform simple mathematical calculations, and follow written and verbal instructions.

 

Licensure/Certification:

BLS required or within the orientation period which will be given by employer.

Completion of Patient Safety Attendant class within six (6) months of hire which will be given by employer.

 

Physical Demands
Standing for long periods of time (8 to 12 hours)

Walking for long periods of time (8 to 12 hours) to include moving about the work area, hospital and/or campus as needed

Sitting for extended periods (8 to 12 hours)

Must be able to bend, stoop and reach/lift above your head

Sight: must be able to read documentation in a variety of formats such as items in print or electronically. For Health Care Providers (HCP) must be able to visualize patient condition and see data displayed on monitoring devices, etc.

Auditory: must be able to hear in order to clearly communicate with others and use communication devices such as telephones, must be able to hear patients, alarms, call bells, etc.

Tactile: must have ability to handle equipment and/or devices related to job duties, enter documentation within computer system. For HCP must be able to feel for pulses, skin temperature, and other patient conditions

Olfactory: HCP need to be able to smell disease-specific smells

HCP should not manually lift (including transfer, reposition, or move) patients who weigh greater than 35 pounds. The appropriate safe patient handling device will be used, except in emergency situations (life or death situations where delay in obtaining and using the safe patient handling equipment may be detrimental to the patient). Refer to Policy/Procedure G-89

Proper body mechanics will be used when moving or lifting any equipment or supplies

 

Work Environment
Works in an acute care setting with adequate lighting and climate control. May be directly exposed to communicable and infectious diseases, blood, blood products, and body fluids, secretions, and excretions, unpleasant odors, biological and chemical hazards and low level radiation. Safety hazards include sharps, needles and electric shock. May be required to work various shifts, weekends, holidays, and overtime hours.

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