Patient Safety Sitter Lead (LPN) -- UMMC Upper Chesapeake/Harford

Metropolitan Healthcare Services - Bel Air, MD


Shift: Monday-Friday 6:00 AM -- 2:30 PM

LPN Certified

Job Summary:

Under the supervision and direction of the MHS Manager or Team Lead and the Nurse in charge, the Lead Patient Safety Sitter provides vigilant and continuous observation and appropriate diversion activities for an assigned patient. When not directed to provide continuous patient observation, under the direction of the Nurse in charge and MHS Team Lead, provides support to a PSA team as well as the MHS team leader, performing duties necessary to ensure smooth day to day operations of the assigned nursing unit.

Note: Lead Patient Safety Sitter must acknowledge receipt and understanding of job descriptions for each position/ task they will be overseeing, and be responsible for performing all functions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sitter performs basic patient monitoring activities under the supervision of an assigned Nurse.
  • Sitter observes the patient’s activity and behavior and communicates on a regular basis to the Nurse in charge or Relief Sitter.
  • Keeps the assigned patient as the PRIMARY responsibility at all times. Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight, unless relieved by the Nurse in charge or Relief Sitter.
  • The Sitter must remain attentive to the patient at all times. The Sitter must not engage in any other activities which would distract them from the patient, such as reading, studying, sleeping, socializing, television, and phone.
  • Documents patient’s activities every 15 minutes and provides a report to the charge nurse at the end of shift. Receives direction from the Nurse in charge regarding what to report, to whom, and how.
  • Provides for patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Maintains patient environment in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Responds courteously and promptly to patient call bells and, if necessary, notifies the appropriate care team member promptly.
  • Offers support and feedback to peers and staff. Applies principles of caring and healing in interactions with patients and families, as well as with colleagues.
  • Verbalizes understanding and responsibilities during all Hospital System Emergency codes.
  • Lead Sitter performs all duties of a Sitter during the assigned shift in an exemplary manner, serving as a role model to other Sitters.
  • Lead Sitter provides coverage to Sitters during meal periods and breaks.
  • Lead Sitter conducts rounding regularly to monitor Sitter activity and ensure that all Sitters are performing at or above standards.
  • Assists the Manager or Team Lead in the training, re-training, and development of Sitters.
  • When necessary, Lead Sitter coaches Sitters to improve patient care.
  • Lead Sitter assists in scheduling and verifying assignments as well as time and attendance.
  • Lead Sitter reports any irregularity or issue to Nurse in charge and/or MHS Team Lead.

Physical Requirements:

  • Regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, talk, see, and hear.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds frequently and up to 75 pounds occasionally. Must be able to push and pull 75 pounds frequently and 100 pounds occasionally.
  • Must be able to push and pull (on wheelchair) 100 to 350 pounds, frequently over considerable distance.
  • Ability to working flexible schedules and extended hours is sometimes required.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Associate Degree or equivalent experience.
  • LPN Certification required.
  • Must be able to work legally in the United States.
  • Must pass background and drug screenings.
  • Previous Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or other healthcare experience preferred.
  • Able to speak, read, and write English fluently.
  • Must successfully complete Patient Safety Associate (PSA), Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) trainings.
  • May be required to meet immunization or health screening requirements through providing personal records or undergoing testing and, if required, further immunizations or tests.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $45,000.00 to $50,000.00 /year


  • Patient Care: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Supervising: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Associate (Preferred)


  • LPN (Preferred)