Sitter Job Description

Sitter Job Description

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Sitter provides for patient safety through continuous observation of patients who may be suicidal, confused, or who require more observation due to medical or psychological needs.

Sitter Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective sitter job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included sitter job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Assists in maintaining a healthful, safe environment
Keeps the hospital client in constant eye contact during entire assigned shift
Assists the client with ambulating by providing stand by assistance
Follows universal precautions whenever giving any aspect of client care
Performs ONLY those functions specified for each individual client
Responds to the physical, emotional and developmental needs of the client
Follows emergency procedures in the event of any incident, , accident, injury, or significant changes in the clients' condition
Reports any changes in client's mental or physical condition, suspicion of ingesting questionable substances, or items brought to the room by visitors to the staff nurse
May provide non-medical personal care, light housekeeping, laundry, and prepare small meals for residents and clients as needed
Contributes to positive team spirit

Sitter Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Sitter

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, CPI, CPR, CNA, BSLC, BCLS, SAMA, AHA

Education for Sitter

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the sitter job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as High School and Associate Degree in General Education, Health Care, Education, Technical, Supervision, Associates, Industrial, Nursing, Patient Care, Department of Education

Skills for Sitter

Desired skills for sitter include:

Medical terminology
Regulatory requirements related to Baker/Marchman Act
Basic patient-care activities
Basic medical terminology
Medical terminology and computer familiarity
Her age and specific needs
Principles of growth and development through the life span
Basic medical terminology/anatomy
Handling
Limited role of medication security

Desired experience for sitter includes:

Reports any risks, issues, concerns to the nurse immediately
Directs the patient/significant other to nurse
Notifies nurse or House Supervisor of patient/significant other complaint
Follows through with assignment and notifies House Supervisor if unable to complete or issues arise
Remains calm in emergency situations
Completes documentation as directed correctly

Sitter Examples

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Sitter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of sitter. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for sitter
  • Shows respect for the customer
  • Follows organizational quality customer service philosophy
  • Works well in group problem solving situations, organizes relationships between important elements, develops alternatives, and exhibits creativity, aware of time limits
  • Does not assume independent responsibility for any patient
  • Notifies the nurse for patient needs such as toileting, hunger
  • Notifies the nurse for assistance at any point that the patient would be a hazard to themselves or others
  • Understands and is able to follow procedures for Fire & Safety
  • Takes appropriate reasonable measures to ensure safety of staff and patients by keeping the room as risk free as possible
  • Keeps the patient in sight at all times
  • Stays with patient even when the patient has visitors or company
Qualifications for sitter
  • 6 months experience in a patient care setting is preferred
  • Good verbal skills, good reading/comprehension of verbal and written instructions, good interpersonal skills, follows verbal instructions, and good customer relations skills
  • One Year Health Care Experience is preferred
  • Must attend the non nurse aide safety observer class given by Nursing Education
  • Certified Nursing Assistance certificate from the Sate of Florida is preferred
  • Sitter experience preferred
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Sitter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a sitter. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for sitter
  • Ensures that patient care issues are directed to the nurse
  • Alerts the nurse of any patient request to leave the room for any reason
  • Remains in assigned area for relief time unless arranged with the nurse in charge
  • Does not attempt to stop the patient and immediately informs the RN/LPN in the event that the patient
  • Remains in constant visual surveillance of the patient until relieved by another staff member
  • Performs other duties as directed by charge nurse or management
  • Observes proper technique in the performance of duties
  • Prepare meal trays
  • Reorient the patient as appropriate
  • Stay with patient at all times during assigned duty
Qualifications for sitter
  • Previous Certified Nursing Assistant or Mental Health Tech experience preferred
  • Active listening, timely interaction and appropriate communication and escalation expected
  • Current student enrollment in healthcare program, preferred
  • Healthcare experience and/or current student clinical placement preferred
  • May provide assistance with meals, bathing, bathroom requirements and ambulation under the direction of the RN
  • Certified Nurse Aide with the State of Texas preferred
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Sitter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of sitter. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for sitter
  • Informs the department manager of the assigned unit of hours worked so that hours can be changed to that nursing unit
  • Calls for immediate assistance for any unexpected patient activity
  • Follows prescribed safety rules and regulations
  • First line of action is to verbally redirect the patient from engaging in at risk behaviors
  • Summons the nursing staff is the patient requires assistance by communication device or STAT Alert Alarm (if appropriate)
  • Knowledgeable and supportive of patient and institutional confidentiality and related hospital policies
  • Provide continuous observation and surveillance of assigned patients
  • Summon the nursing staff is the patient requires assistance by communication device or STAT Alert Alarm (if appropriate)
  • Interact with hospitalized individuals assisting with their adjustment to a new environment, interpreting and communicating their needs (as necessary) to appropriate hospital staff
  • Provide individualized assistance based upon the person's needs, including communicating preferences in foods, diet consistencies
Qualifications for sitter
  • Current BCLS course completion
  • Bi-Lingual (not necessary, but a plus)
  • Experience in an acute or long term facility (not necessary, but a plus)
  • Completion of and/or current enrollment in a CNA, EMT, nursing or related program, strongly preferred
  • Student must be a reliable employee who commits to showing up on time on designated days –Monday and Wednesday nights
  • We will not interview or hire anyone who is unable to commit to the two designated nights and designated hours
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Sitter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of sitter. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for sitter
  • Maintain a communication log to report applicable observations to the oncoming sitter staff
  • Assist individuals with grooming activities (combing hair, brushing teeth, cleaning fingernails, shaving, applying powders/lotions)
  • Escort the individual to inpatient hospital treatments and testing
  • Interacting with hospitalized individuals assisting with their adjustment to a new environment, interpreting and communicating their needs (as necessary) to appropriate hospital staff
  • Providing individualized assistance based upon the person's needs including communicating preferences in foods, diet consistencies
  • Observing the individual's responses to treatment and reporting them orally to appropriate hospital staff
  • Maintaining a communication log to report applicable observations to the oncoming sitter staff
  • Assisting individuals with grooming activities (combing hair, brushing teeth, cleaning fingernails, shaving, applying powders/lotions)
  • Escorting the individual to inpatient hospital treatments and testing
  • Adheres to Maxim policies and procedures, , safety guidelines
Qualifications for sitter
  • Graduate of any CNA or NA program or demonstrated equivalence in a healthcare position preferred
  • High school diploma, GED or CNA certification (if no GED)
  • Other Sitter Companions duties as assigned
  • Assists licensed nursing staff in providing direct individualized and goal directed care for the patient population served on the unit, accepting assignments from the nursing staff that commensurate with PCA’s experience, knowledge and ability
  • Requires interpersonal skills necessary to exchange information and maintain continuous relationships with patients, visitors and other SMHC employees
  • BLS issued by the American Heart Association preferred
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Sitter Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a sitter. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for sitter
  • Immediately reports changes in patient conditions
  • Performs direct observation of patients for the purpose of identification of behaviors that are potentially hazardous to self or others and reports such observations to appropriate personnel in the appropriate time frame
  • Uses safety measures for patient and self in accordance with the protocol
  • Be the first line of action by verbally redirecting the patient from engaging in at risk behaviors
  • Summon the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance by communication device or STAT Alert Alarm ( if appropriate )
  • Be knowledgeable and supportive of patient and institutional confidentiality and related hospital policies
  • Performs laundry duties as assigned
  • In collaboration with licensed staff, organizes patient care to accomplish required functions
  • Assists in the orientation of new staff as needed
  • Applies principle of infection control in the provision of patient care activities
Qualifications for sitter
  • Previous patient care experience in a hospital or nursing home setting, highly preferred
  • 1 year sitting experience within the last 2 years
  • Current state CNA license
  • 1 year full time CNA experience as a sitter within the last 2 years
  • CNA - State Registered required
  • CNA certification with the State of Texas, preferred

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