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UnityPoint Health Patient Safety Companion in Des Moines, Iowa

The patient safety companion provides patient monitoring services through direct patient observation in order to provide a safe environment for patients

Patient Safety:

• Provides 1:1 direct observation (in patient’s room) to assigned patient to prevent patient self-injury. Maintains visual observation at all times.

• Participates in collaborative identification of and reporting of patient safety issues.

• Removes any potential safety hazard from patient room and reports findings to nursing staff.

• Promotes diversionary activities as necessary and appropriate

• Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality

• Demonstrates understanding and proficient use of patient monitoring software while functioning as a remote monitoring technician.

• Documents proof of observation on suicide precautions and other safety protocols

Collaborative Care:

• Assists patient with Activities of Daily Living in accordance with job training and in collaboration with health care team. Nursing staff must be notified if patient lifting is required.

• Notifies assigned nursing and support staff on assigned area immediately in case of emergency, or as needed to provide patient care on a routine basis.

• Seeks assistance immediately when patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others

• Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patient when arriving on unit and upon completion of shift assignment.

• Notifies nursing and support staff to assist with other necessary activities (toileting, ambulation, etc)

• Coordinates meal and break times with team members and informs team prior to leaving patient room for any reason.

Education: High School Diploma or GED

Experience: Previous health care experience preferred.

License(s)/Certification(s):Must possess and maintain valid Basic Life Support (BLS) or obtain certification within three (3) months. Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work related reasons.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English, Multicultural sensitivity, Ability to respond appropriately to patient/co-worker, and Maintain confidential information.

Requisition ID: 2020-79638

Street: 1200 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Posting Minimum: USD $12.03/Hr.

Name: Clinical Staffing

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.4

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Nights: 11p-730a, every third weekend - 16 hours/week

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