Southern Illinois Healthcare


    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/3/2019 10:24 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Job Locations
    Clinical & Technical
    Position Type
    Per Diem
    Weekend Requirement
    Weekends as required
    Sitter Pool
  • Overview

    Responsible for providing direct observation of patients as directed by the nursing plan of care and under the supervision of the nursing staff and/or nursing supervisor; reporting on changes in the conditions of patients to the appropriate staff members; interacting and coping effectively with diverse populations in sudden, stressful situations resulting from trauma, and physical and mental illness; and performing tasks that are within the scope of his/her educational preparation, knowledge, and permitted by the policies and procedures of Southern Illinois healthcare and other local, state, and federal guidelines.


    • Safety
      • Manages processes effectively in regard to employee/patient safety.
    • Record Keeping
      • Maintains all required records, reports, statistics, logs, files and other documents as required.
    • Process Improvement
      • Promotes a culture of process improvement by participating in system based programs that supports the system’s process improvement goals.
      • Actively participates on system-wide or hospital-based teams.
    • Role Specific Responsibilities
      • Provides close observation of patients. Focuses solely on observation of the patient and avoiding any non-work related activities.
      • Communicates with nursing staff to understand patient parameters before and during each assignment.
      • Maintains and documents required logs and records
      • Remains with patient while in bathroom; keeping a clear visual at all times.
      • Check that all suicide/mental health rooms are clear of any unnecessary medical equipment.
      • Provides a proper handoff to another staff member, completed in the presence of the patient, when patient sitters must leave the patient.
      • Able to use behavior management strategies to de-escalate agitated patients
      • Must be able to work with people who are sick or injured and who may be feeling low in their situation.
      • Must be able to listen to patient’s worries, so patient sitters need to be comfortable listening and responding, while maintaining a professional approach at all times
      • Keeps LMS education, CPR, CPI, and other required educations up to date.


    • High School diploma or equivalent preferred.
    • Basic life support (BLS)
    • Previous CNA, nurse aide/patient care experience desired and/or 1-year prior experience as a mental health counselor, law enforcement officer, or in a mental/behavioral health role preferred.


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