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Become A Patient Sitter

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Working As A Patient Sitter

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $26,695

    Average Salary

What Does A Patient Sitter Do At Highmark Health

* Provides for direct and continuous observation of patients under direct supervision of the registered nurse.
* Carries out appropriate action taken to prevent or reduce the risk of harm to the patient such as limiting movement to avoid falls, preventing patient from removing intravenous lines and/or catheters, notifying staff if patient appears to have harmed self.
* Continuously monitors and immediately notifies the Registered Nurse caring for the patient of changes in the patient’s appearance and/or behavior including change in skin color, change in breathing pattern, change in responsiveness, agitation, combativeness or any behaviors that might represent increasing safety risk
* Accompanies patient to any clinical tests or procedures off the unit.
* Remains within sight of the patient unless otherwise directed by the person performing the test or procedure.
* Assists RN in providing care in an emergency situation by alerting the RN to a change in the patient's condition, when necessary, initiating the code 99 process, anticipating needs and securing supplies as indicated.
* Assists in keeping the patient’s room clean and orderly.
* Maintains established policies and procedures, safety and environmental standards

What Does A Patient Sitter Do At Ascension Health

* Remains at bedside of assigned patient at all times unless relieved by an appropriate staff member.
* Assists in calming and/or reorienting patient in cases of agitation or confusion.
* Removes visible hazards and/or broken equipment from immediate environment and reports as appropriate.
* Assists with keeping patient's room clean, safe and orderly.
* Maintains visual observations at all times.
* Accompanies patient when diagnostic testing is required.
* Immediately summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance, control, or other nursing interventions or exhibits unusual behavior or verbalizations.
* Immediately reports any potentially dangerous behavior or concerning conversations to the nurse.
* Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patient when arriving on unit and upon completion of shift assignment.
* Arranges meal break times with nurse and informs nurse prior to leaving patient for any reason in order that relief is provided to ensure constant patient observation.
* Never leaves patient alone.
* Assists patient with ordering dietary tray, setting up of patient's meal trays, feeding patient, basic positioning of patient, bathing patient, taking a ride in wheelchair and/or ambulation if patient is stable and gait has been previously determined safe by assigned staff nurse.
* May assist the PCT or RN with ambulation if directed to by the RN.
* Seeks help or advice as soon as possible when patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others.
* Participates in a collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues.
* Assures patient environment safe.
* Seeks assistance with removal of any potential safety hazard from room and reports findings to Charge Nurse

What Does A Patient Sitter Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Performs activities of daily living (ADLs) appropriate to the patient's condition, according to unit routine
* under direction of the RN.
* This would include physical care such as bathing, turning, ambulating patients
* and toileting.
* Provides basic nutritional support to patients such as tray passing, tray setup, assistance with feeding, and
* communication of intake to RN.
* Demonstrates principles of Relationship-based Care to cultivate and maintain therapeutic relationship as a
* means to optimal healing and collegial functioning as an interdisciplinary care team member.
* Provides observation following the guidelines as described during department specific orientation.
* Must
* ensure they are actively participating in a distraction free environment.
* Reports patient care incidents and changes in the patient's condition to the RN in a timely fashion.
* Creates a neat and clean environment for optimal patient care experience.
* To ensure safe patient care experience, incumbent must remain with patient until hand-off occurs.
* Seeks and incorporates feedback concerning improvement in one's own practice, including participation in
* self-appraisal.
* Provides patient care that reflects respect for patient's rights, dignity, values, culture preferences, and
* expressed needs and attention to providing comfort, relieving pain, and alleviating anxiety.
* Takes personal accountability to seek out experiences in order to maintain skills and competence.
* Integrates principles of the Personal
* Connected
* Journey and demonstrates Trinity Health Guiding Behaviors,
* to provide excellent care of self, patients, and care team members.
* Performs other duties as assigned and needed.
* Additional duties may include non-clinical duties consistent
* with meeting the needs of the patient and care team.
* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the competencies/essential functions
* satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation.
* Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
* assigned to this job.
* They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
* duties and skills required of individuals in the job.
* Demonstrates and actively promotes an understanding and commitment to the mission of St.
* Joseph Mercy
* Oakland through performing behaviors consistent with the Trinity Health Values.
* Maintains a working knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations, the Trinity
* Health Organizational Integrity Program, including the Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics, as well as
* other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical and
* professional behaviors.
* Supports and conducts one's self in a manner consistent with customer service expectations.
* In accordance with unit or departmental practice, determines that appropriate charges have been entered for the
* correct patient, encounter, date/time of service, with any required modifiers.
* Make corrections as needed per
* charge capture policy/practice.
* In accordance with unit or departmental practice, actively participates in on-going education and
* communication regarding revenue management.
* In accordance with unit or departmental practice, assists with tracking and monitoring of equipment assigned
* to the unit.
* Requests services for maintaining equipment as needed.
* In accordance with unit or departmental practice, proficient with the electronic health records for
* documentation, assessment, and care management, performing these activities concurrently with provision of
* care throughout the shift.
* V Dept/Unit Specific:
* Working weekends and holidays is necessary to meet staffing needs.
* Work in other units and on different
* shifts may be assigned as necessary to also meet staffing requirements

What Does A Patient Sitter Do At HCA, Hospital Corporation of America

* Under the guidance of a Registered Nurse, serves as a member of the healthcare team by providing assistance with activities of daily living.
* These include, but are not limited to, personal care, ambulation and care of the general medical/surgical patient with special emphasis on geriatric and post-operative care.
* Documentation of observations and baseline measurements onto medical record expected.
* May access general supply storage areas where saline flushes and procedure trays are stored

What Does A Patient Sitter Do At Ascension Health

* Remains at bedside of assigned patient at all times unless relieved by an appropriate staff member.
* Assists in calming and/or reorienting patient in cases of agitation or confusion.
* Removes visible hazards and/or broken equipment from immediate environment and reports as appropriate.
* Assists with keeping patient's room clean, safe and orderly

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How To Become A Patient Sitter

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Patient Sitter Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Amharic

  • Russian

  • Dakota

  • Arabic

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Top Patient Sitter Skills

  1. Patient Care
  2. Safe Environment
  3. Daily Living
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted nursing staff with patient care by feeding patients and charting information.
  • Maintained safe environment for the patient(s) assigned.
  • Managed rooms of patients who could not mobilize properly, including elderly, who needed help with daily living tasks.
  • observe patient condition and vital signs and document and report any new signs and symptoms to health care providers
  • Report unusual patient behavior or distress to the appropriate, previously identified contact.

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