Patient Safety Assistant

DCH Health System - Tuscaloosa, AL (30+ days ago)3.6


PERFORMANCE PLANNING

Patient Safety Assistant provides continuous observation and surveillance of assigned patients. First line of action is to verbally redirect the patient from engaging in at safety risk behaviors. Summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance. Demonstrates knowledge in the software and equipment and has the ability to ensure equipment is working properly.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Demonstrates understanding and proficiency in the use of AvaSys Telesitter continuous video monitoring equipment and software.
Maintains visual observation of assigned patients at all times.
Verbally redirect patients over digital 2-way audio device that is in the patient room.
Immediately summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance.
Demonstrates the knowledge and skill necessary to provide the appropriate care to this patient population based on the patient’s individualized plan.
Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patients when placing on the AvaSys Telesitter continuous video monitor, at change of shift, and before and after being relieved for approved break(s).
Provides patient/family education on use of video monitoring system as necessary.
Escalates to Administrative Supervisor immediately if patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others. Participates in a collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues.
Demonstrates ability to set-up and maintain proper function of equipment and software.
Performs basic computer and Microsoft Windows skills.
Demonstrates efficiency and ability to prioritize simultaneous situations.
Performs continuous video monitoring of up to 10 patients on one screen at one time remaining alert at all times while on duty.
Accurately documents care provided according to policies and procedures.
Performs initial and annual competency per job class. Specific ages: adolescent, adult, and geriatric.
Applies safety principles and proper body mechanics to the performance of specific techniques of personal and supportive care, such as ambulation of patients, transferring patients, assisting with normal range of motion and positioning.
Participates in economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment and nursing units are maintained in a clean, safe manner.
Maintains performance, patient and employee satisfaction and financial standards as outlined in the performance evaluation.
Performs compliance requirements as outlined in the Employee Handbook
Must adhere to the DCH Behavioral Standards including creating positive relationships with patients/families, coworkers, colleagues and with self.
Requires use of electronic mail, time and attendance software, learning management software and intranet.
Must adhere to all DCH Health System policies and procedures.
All other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

High school diploma or equivalent required. Previous experience in a hospital setting preferred. Previous 1 year direct patient care experience required (such as Patient Care Assistant). Basic computer skills required. Must be able to read, write legibly, speak, and comprehend English.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Environmental : Includes exposure to human body fluids, disease, infection, lab chemicals and hazard materials and/or cleaning solutions. Must wear protective and/or safety equipment as situation and policy and procedure may require.

Physical : Physical presence onsite is essential. Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected to within normal range. Must be able to perform the duties with or without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting, standing and walking; Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Able to push stretcher and wheelchair with average adult patient. Ability to reach reasonable distances in any direction. Ability to run in emergency situations. Must be able to move fingers in a coordinated manner. Must have ability to feel and perceive temperature, texture, shape and size with fingers.

Psychological : Includes receiving delegation, working with team members, addressing conflict, and communicating with all types of personalities.