UofL Physicians

  • Patient Observation Assistant, Patient Observation, University of Louisville Hospital, Nights, Full Time

    Job Locations US-KY-Louisville
    Job ID
    2018-6585
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Nursing Support
    Department
    3286- PATIENT OBSERVATION-SITTER
  • Overview

    The Patient Observation Aide provides direct patient care to an acutely suicidal, homicidal, or confused patient on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis under the direction of the Registered Nurse.

    Responsibilities

     

    LIST THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THIS POSITION

     

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    Responds appropriately in lifesaving situations.

     

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    Measures and documents intake and output, heights and weights, and vital signs.

     

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    Documents restraint usage as directed by RN

     

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    Collects urine, stool, sputum specimens using RED rule and transports to lab as necessary.

     

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    Performs and documents point-of-care testing.

     

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    Performs and documents patient mobility and exercise, and comfort, rest, and sleep care needs. 

     

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    Performs and documents patient hygiene, grooming, and dressing, skin and nail care, dietary, and toileting and elimination needs.

     

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    Assists with admitting, physical examination, transferring, and discharging patients.

     

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    Monitors for patient safety, including documentation every 15 minutes on suicidal or homicidal patients.

     

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    Provides for a safe environment for suicidal patients, clearing the room of possible items which could cause harm.

     

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    Maintains a clean and uncluttered room environment

     

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    Communicates therapeutically with patient and family

     

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    Safely and correctly operates equipment (i.e. beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, hypo/hyperthermia unit, mechanical lifts, bed scales).

     

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    Receives oncoming and gives off going reports, and notifies nurse with any change in condition.

     

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    Adheres to Universal precautions, infection control, OSHA, and other regulatory policies and procedures.  Maintains safe work practices and follows facility safety procedures.

     

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    Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    EDUCATION & TRAINING: 
    High School Diploma or equivalent

    EXPERIENCE: 
    Previous experience in a medical setting preferred

    LICENSE & CERTIFICATION: 
    BLS required.

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