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Job Title:   PATIENT SITTER
22715
8 Hour Variable Shift
PRN/Per Diem
0
C.N.A./Patient Care Technician/Medical Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Via Christi Health's rich history of serving the people of Kansas and the surrounding region dates back more than 100 years to the healing ministries of our founding congregations. Today, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. We serve Kansas and northeast Oklahoma through our doctors, hospitals, senior villages and health services.

Position Summary:

Provides support to the nursing staff by observing the patient to prevent patient injury. Works under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse assigned to the patient.
 
Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions: 
  • Stays in patient room at all times, remaining very alert, observing the patient.
  • Communicates the patient’s needs to the Registered Nurse responsible for the patient’s care via the spectralink/Cisco phone, using the call button, or when a rapid response is necessary by pulling the emergency call light. (Spectralink Cisco phone is not applicable to VCH-P, instead cell phone is used)
  • Intervenes to protect the patient, and to minimize the risk of injury by reorienting the patient, talking to the patient, or calling for assistance.
  • Provides hands on care when necessary based on the needs of the patient.
  • May perform other duties as assigned or requested.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Education and/or Experience:
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.
  • Certification as a nurse assistant (CNA) in the state of Kansas.
Behavioral Skills:
  • A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Via Christi Health.
  • Compassion for patients, family members, and others; along with a nurturing spirit to provide care during emotionally stressful situations.
  • Must display good verbal and written communication skills, and be able to professionally receive and follow oral instructions.
Technical Skills:
  • Ability to use multiple forms of communication devices such as telephones, paging systems, portable data devices.
  • Ability to perform technical skills associated with direct patient care guided by the CNA scope of practice and directed by the Registered Nurse (blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature, activities of daily living, etc.)
 Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
  • Must have Kansas CNA license, or successfully completed an accredited nursing program.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers offered by the American Heart Association or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer offered by the Red Cross within 30 days post date of hire. 
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Frequently required to push and pull items, such as resident/patient beds, requiring a force of up to 75 pounds.
  • Frequently required to carry or lift items weighing up to 50 pounds at waist height for distances up to 100 feet.
  • Frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds to shoulder height.
  • Frequently required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing 100-400 pounds and occasionally required to assist in maneuvering resident/patients weighing over 400 pounds. 
  • Tolerate standing and walking for up to 6 hours at a time on hard and soft surfaces.
  • Frequently perform activities that require stooping, bending and reaching, squatting, balancing, and trunk twisting throughout the day.
  • Constantly able to effectively communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Occasionally required to sit in a stationary position for up to 30 minutes at one time.
  • Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as resident/patient calls, verbal orders, monitors, and phone calls.
  • Frequently able to use hands and fingers to perform simple and fine motor handling tasks, such as pinching and manipulating while pushing syringes, adjusting IVs, handling intricate medical equipment, taking vital signs, writing, and using a keyboard.
  • Frequently able to use different types of visual perceptions to perform activities such as moving medical equipment, evaluating resident/patients, reading monitors and charts, and reading computer screens.
  • Occasionally required to detect unusual odors that could indicate infection or other problems with a resident/patient, or environmental issues such as smoke.

Via Christi Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
 

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