Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Maintains close supervision always and does not leave patient until another staff member is in attendance.
Communicates with patients and encourages casual patient verbalization. Participates in minor diversion activities, such as reading to the patient.
Uses safety measures for patient and self in accordance with protocol. Assists unit staff in preventing patients from climbing out of bed by providing diversion activities. Notifies unit staff if verbal reminders and diversion are unsuccessful in distracting patient.
Immediately reports observations/changes in patient status to the appropriate nursing and/or medical personnel.
Monitors and responds to patient’s request for assistance. Assists patient directly or refers the need to a more appropriate staff member. Assists unit staff during their provision of patient care activities, such as retrieving supplies, and talking with patient.
Maintains the cleanliness and safety of patient rooms.
Completes placement of restraint.
Transports and/or escorts patients during discharges, transfers, and/or medical appointments.
Ensures full and complete hand off to oncoming shift and ensures that he/she obtains full hand off from outgoing shift.
Attends staff meetings and in-services, as required.
Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality.
Performs direct observation of patients for identification of behaviors that are potentially hazardous to self or others and reports such observations to appropriate personnel in appropriate time frame. Remains attentive to the patient at all times, unless relieved of duty by the patient care staff.
Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts.
Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams.