The patient sitter / LNA is an individual who is employed by Weeks Medical Center or by the patient’s family/guardian to remain in constant attendance with the patient. The sitter is with the patient to assist in maintaining a safe environment. The sitter may assist in basic nursing care under the direction and/or supervision of a Weeks employed nurse as defined is this document.
The patient sitter/LNA is accountable to the nurse assigned to the patient first and the House Coordinator second.
Works closely with clinical staff and support staff of Weeks Medical Center .
- New Hampshire LNA license required.
- High School Graduate or equivalent GED.
- English speaking.
- Demonstrate ability to recognize communicate changes (i.e. patient status and significant other issues to the accountable nurse).
- BLS required.
- Previous experience with ill patients and/or confused patients in a hospital setting preferred.
- MOAB within 6 months of hire.
1. Remain in constant attendance with the patient, except as relieved by nursing staff.
2. Monitor and observe the patient’s behavior and condition and report any change immediately to nursing staff assigned to the patient.
3. May read, play cards or games and/or interact with the patient.
4. If the patient requires physical restraint the sitter is not expected to restrain the patient. Instead, they should obtain immediate assistance from nursing.
5. Communicate effectively with the patient, family, and staff.
6. Notify nursing of any patient needs.
7. Under the direction and supervision of the accountable nurse the sitter may feed the patient, assist the patient in ambulating and positioning, assist in the use of a bed pan or urinal, assist nursing staff with positioning when nursing is bathing or arranging bed linen.
8. Identify actual and potential hazards and report them to the nursing staff.
9. Follows directions per nursing staff relative to patient.
10. Maintains patient privacy and dignity.
11. Aware of own actions that may affect patients, families, visitors, or other employees.
12. Attending Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) training.
13. Manages time effectively to ensure that deadlines are met and that personal priorities support organizational objectives.
14. Presents a neat appearance.
15. Expresses disagreements through proper channels and in an appropriate and professional manner.
16. Adapts, is flexible, learns new tasks readily, and responds well to change.
17. Provides ADL’s for patient.
18. Ambulate patient PRN.
19. Obtain VS, Chem sticks or other tasks within LNA scope of practice providing it does not require that they leave attendance of the patient.
20. Performs all other duties as assigned.
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