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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

  • $40,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Patient Sitter Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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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 Career Paths

Patient Sitter
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Technician Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Staff Nurse Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Staff Nurse Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Medical Coder Office Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Account Executive Regional Accounts Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Residential Counselor Therapeutic Support Staff
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Technician Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Clinical Research Coordinator Nurse Case Manager
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Access Representative Medical Transcriptionist Medical Staff Coordinator
Emergency Medical Service Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nurse Sitter 2.7 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Patient Escort 2.2 years
Sitter 2.1 years
Patient Sitter 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Patient Sitter
Cashier 17.3%
Volunteer 4.7%
Internship 3.5%
Server 3.3%
Waitress 2.2%
Top Careers After Patient Sitter
Cashier 8.7%
Server 3.2%
Internship 3.1%
Volunteer 2.7%
Technician 2.5%
Assistant 2.1%

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Top Skills for A Patient Sitter

  1. Safe Environment
  2. Patient Care
  3. Independent Living
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided comfort satisfaction and a safe environment.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary team members regarding patient care.
  • Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, and pulse as directed by the nurse.
  • Cared for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, and assisted with their personal care.
  • Monitor and take care of patients who are at risk for falling, suicidal, dementia, and are currently detoxing.

Patient Sitter Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,043 Patient Sitter resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Patient Sitter Demographics

Gender

Female

65.9%

Male

18.1%

Unknown

16.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.5%

French

10.9%

Portuguese

4.3%

Vietnamese

4.3%

Russian

2.2%

Bulgarian

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Amharic

2.2%

Dakota

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Patient Sitter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Wayne State University

9.4%

Wayne County Community College District

7.2%

Western Michigan University

7.2%

Macomb Community College

6.4%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

6.0%

Everest Institute

5.5%

Oakland University

5.5%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.7%

Henry Ford College

4.3%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Keiser University

3.8%

Davenport University

3.8%

Lansing Community College

3.4%

Santa Fe College

3.4%

Chesapeake College

3.4%

Florida State University

3.4%

University of North Florida

3.0%

Pima Community College

3.0%

The Academy

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

29.1%

Medical Assisting Services

12.2%

Business

8.8%

Nursing Assistants

6.5%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

Psychology

5.2%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

General Studies

3.6%

Medical Technician

3.5%

Biology

3.3%

Social Work

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.2%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Public Health

1.6%

English

1.4%

Sociology

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Clinical Psychology

1.2%

Education

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

34.2%

Bachelors

27.3%

Associate

18.1%

Certificate

9.1%

Masters

5.4%

Diploma

4.1%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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