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SoutheastHEALTH Patient Safety Attendant in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Patient Safety Attendant

Service Cape Girardeau, Missouri Clinical Support Services Full-Time



Night ShiftThe sitter provides direct, constant patient observation for the purpose of providing a safer environment for those patients considered to be at risk of harming self or othersBegin

  • Provides constant observation of specific patients, as ordered by the physician

  • Focuses observations on efforts to prevent harm to patient or others, including prevention of patient falls or purposeful self-harm

  • Demonstrates understanding and uses specific techniques with their communication and body language to de-escalate/calm the patient, in appropriate situations

  • Immediately alerts other staff, using call light or staff-assist emergency light or other means, if an at-risk patient attempts to get out of bed despite sitter attempts (verbal, physical) to stop

  • Reports changes in patient behavior or condition to nursing staff

  • Demonstrates understanding and appropriately performs hand hygiene and utilizes personal protective equipment (PPE), when required, during periods of constant observation

  • Documents patient activity and observations made during the period of constant observation, with documentation occurring at a specific, regular frequency (i.e., every 15 minutes)

  • Recognizes customer- service opportunities during the period of constant observation, positively impacting patient/family/significant-other/support-person/etc. satisfaction with care and services

  • Presents self professionally and possesses good people skills

  • If trained (must pass video surveillance competency), will sit in video surveillance room

  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Completes general hospital orientation (GHO I and II)

  • Successfully completes patient safety attendant orientation and competency course

  • Completes annual required education

  • Must be able to read, write and speak English