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How to become a Patient Sitter

Here are the common steps you'll need to take to become a patient sitter

  1. Complete your education. The majority of facilities will require you to have a high school diploma or GED. While in school, it can be beneficial to take health-related and science courses like biology, anatomy/physiology or others.
  2. Develop skills. In addition to formal schooling, you can take steps to strengthen skills to help in your patient sitting job. These will include personal interaction skills like patience and compassion as well as hard skills like data entry. It will also be necessary to understand how to take vital signs, so enrolling in a course to learn these skills can help your job prospects.
  3. Complete an internship or volunteer. Obtaining work experience is a beneficial step toward a career as a patient sitter. You may be able to volunteer at a local hospital, complete an internship or shadow an experienced patient sitter.
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These qualifications are required: CNA · BLS Certification
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What skills help Patient Sitters find jobs?

  • Patient monitoring
  • Patient observation
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Career progression for Patient Sitter

Education levels for Patient Sitters

Based on the requirements of Patient Sitter job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED69.9%
Associate's degree16.5%
Bachelor's degree13.7%
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Common qualifications for Patient Sitters

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BLS Certification

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  • CNA
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Common questions about career advices for a Patient Sitter

What is the career outlook for patient sitters?

Since medical treatment is in constant need, patient sitters have a positive job outlook. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't have specific data for patient sitters, they predict the job growth for all types of care aide is 36% between 2018 and 2028. This rate is much higher than the national average for all occupations.

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What are some careers related to patient sitting?

If you're looking to advance in your career after being a patient sitter, consider these roles:

  • Registered nurse
  • Physician's assistant
  • Medical assistant
  • Orderly
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Social and human services assistant
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