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Cone Health
Greensboro

Job Description

Promote a safe environment for patients that are deemed at risk for suicide or require supervision for safety reasons. Provides Sitter services under the supervision of the Registered Nurse. This position serves the following age categories: pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric.
For patients presenting to the Behavioral Health Hospital, refer to specific policy related to the Behavioral Health Safety Policy.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Suicide Precaution Sitter:
1. A non-nursing employee of Cone Health in good standing that has attended the Sitter class and completed the current Suicide Policy CBL.
2. Follow the policy for Suicide Precautions for At Risk Patients (PR-NSG-2011-61) which includes but not limited to:
Obtain report from Nurse and follow the plan of care.
RN and Sitter perform an environmental search as outlined in Policy PRN-NSG-2011-61).
Keep the patient within direct sight of the sitter at all times including bathroom and off department activities.
Document hourly and as needed on the Sitter Documentation Log.
Additionally, RN and/or Sitter perform an environmental search at any opportunity whereby contraband can be introduced into the patients room, for example: after visitors or time outside patient room and document on the Suicide Precautions Documentation Form .
The patient must be closely observed during meals and ensure all tableware and dinnerware used by the patient are returned.
The sitter will communicate with incoming staff, ie- lab, maintenance, dietary, etc. that additional precaution is necessary. Leave any non-essential equipment outside the room and remove any equipment/supplies/ used or unused immediately upon leaving.
Notify the nurse of any noncompliant behaviors (ex: closing door, opening window, refusal to return tableware, attempting to leave observed area)
Provide end of shift report to nurse.
3. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, which promote a positive intra- and interdepartmental atmosphere.
Immediately report patient status changes, patient/family concerns or unsafe conditions to the RN.

Relay information/messages to appropriate person(s) in a timely manner.

Demonstrate proficiency in the use of manual and automated communication systems.

Provide input for the plan of care.

Direct questions and problems to appropriate person, recognizing the need to seek assistance when necessary.

Provide emotional support to patients and significant others as needed.

Safety Sitter:
1. A non-nursing employee of Cone Health that has attended the Sitter class and completed the current Suicide Policy CBL.

Obtain report from Nurse and follow plan of care.

Provide individualized attention to the patient to promote a safe environment.

Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, which promote a positive intra- and interdepartmental atmosphere.

Immediately report patient status changes, patient/family concerns or unsafe conditions to the RN.

Relay information/messages to appropriate person(s) in a timely manner.

Demonstrate proficiency in the use of manual and automated communication systems.
Direct questions and problems to appropriate person, recognizing the need to seek assistance when necessary.

Provide emotional support to patients and significant others as needed.

Provide end of shift report to nurse.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrates behaviors that incorporate the MCHS values
A. Work practices exhibit ethics and integrity.
1. Keeps promises and commitments and takes responsibility for the results of
his/her decisions.
2. Recognizes the contributions of others and gives credit where credit is due.
3. Always seeks to follow policies and procedures.

B. Provides outstanding care and services.
1. Goes beyond the call of duty to achieve desired results.
2. Takes ownership of problems and asks for help when needed.
3. Anticipates the needs of visitors, patients and peers and assists them in a
helpful, positive way.

C. Demonstrates individual initiative and creativity.
1. Develops and accepts new and innovative ways of doing things.
2. Takes on assignments that provide an opportunity to learn.

D. Shows respect and compassion for all individuals.
1. Greets patients, visitors and staff in a friendly manner.
2. Demonstrates concern for the rights, privacy and confidentiality of others.
3. Seeks to solve problems for the customer and offers assistance and
encouragement to others.
4. Follows through by helping peers complete work assignments.

E. Manages resources efficiently and works with team members to reduce costs and
improve quality.

Demonstrates personal accountability
A. Completes assigned tasks in a timely manner and keeps appropriate persons informed of problems.
B. Completes work in manner to enhance patient satisfaction.
C. Demonstrates basic competencies.
D. Attends required meetings as determined by Director, Clinical Support Services.
E. Demonstrates appropriate use of universal precautions and personal protective equipment.
F. Demonstrates adherence to established dress code.
G. Completes mandatory requirements:
1. Completes mandatory education: CPR, Fire/Safety, Blood Borne Pathogens, Safe Medical Devices, TB, Utilities Management Failure, Health and Safety Plan, Falls Prevention and Department-specific.
2. Obtains TB testing per schedule
H. Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Collaborates with co-workers to accomplish department/program objectives.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Complete Sitter Training Class and CBL
Complete Basic Life Support Course
Ability to work with people
Read, write, and speak English
Stand and/or walk for majority of shift
Bend and/or stoop frequently
Lift thirty pounds or more four or more times/hour
Communicate via telephone and other automated systems
Hear alarms such as IV pumps and monitor, call bells, etc.
Able to prioritize work.
Able to work with multiple interruptions.
Complete basic math problems.
Basic computer experience (preferred).
Manual dexterity sufficient for typing.
Basic computer experience (preferred).

Hours

Relief

Schedule

Hours will vary

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