Patient Observer is the Most Difficult Job Imaginable
Patient Observer (Former Employee) – Everywhere – January 30, 2018
The PO is exposed to contagions as well as mental and physical abuse with little or no support from management.
The PO is considered little more than a warm body and is treated as such, being referred to as "Sitters" when in fact they rarely sit. They are responsible for preventing the escape and ensuring the safety of every conceivable type of combative and violent patient, from criminal to heroin withdrawal to psych lockdown to last stage Alzheimer's. They are beaten, battered and bruised with no appreciation. None.
Without your fellow PO's you would be completely alone. That is, when you see one. Since you work alone, the only time you see one of you is when you are handing off your patient. Otherwise, you are isolated.
The worst job for the worst company ever.