Patient Safety Sitter

Would you like to enrich your life and the lives of others while providing a service to the community you live in? Are you a retired person, college student or other individual looking to make a extra money? Then look no further! We have an excellent employment opportunity for you at Stephens County Hospital as a Patient Sitter. 


Patient Safety Sitter Job Description

As a Patient Safety Sitter, you will provide continual observation to one patient and assist the nursing staff in providing a safe environment for the patient. You will report any changes in the patient’s condition to the appropriate health care team member and you will be under the direction of the Licensed Nurse assigned to the patient being cared for. This position is well-suited to individuals who are compassionate and empathetic, enjoy helping others and have excellent interpersonal skills.



-Maintain continuous visual contact with the patient at all times., remains alert and observant at all times. 

-Intervene verbally to prevent the patient from falling and/or pulling at tubes/drains/lines.

-Completion of Safe Sitter class upon hire.

-Providing patients with emotional support.

-Refraining from performing additional, unauthorized functions.

-Alerting nursing staff when the patient needs help.

-Maintaining confidentiality of patient information.

-Adhering to relevant policies, procedures and standards. 

-Ensure you are positioned in the assigned patient’s room to maintain constant visual observation

-Ensure patient is never alone or out of sight unless instructed otherwise by the nurse.

-Will receive a verbal report from the nurse regarding what to look out for, what to report, and to whom.

-Maintain accurate and legible records as required by the hospital patient safety sitter policy.

-Maintain the patient’s privacy and confidentiality at all times as required by local, state and federal laws.

-Communicate to the healthcare team any patient requests, complaints, needs, problems or potential risks to the patient or others.

-Attends mandatory training sessions, in-services and team meetings. 


- MUST BE 18

-You may be exposed to patient’s in high emotional distress and must maintain compassionate and professional approach at all times.

-Outstanding communication, listening and observation skills for interaction with patients, families, visitors, team members, physicians and other hospital personnel.

-Ability to respond swiftly.

-Professional appearance and proficient personal hygiene.

-Calm, confident manner. 

-Undeterred by distressed or combative patients.

-Typical shifts are in 2-4 hour increments and coverage will be needed all hours including weekends, holidays and nights. 

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

-Ability to perform efficiently and effectively under stressful and emergency situations.

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


Physical Demands

-Sitting for extended periods of time (up to 4 hour intervals)

-Must be able to walk, bend, stoop and reach/lift above your head, without any assistive devices. 

-Must be able to read documentation in a variety of formats such as in print and electronically.

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

-Maintains mental and emotional stability, using a courteous and calm approach in all contacts with patients, visitors and healthcare team members.