Under the supervision of an RN, the Bedside Safety Attendant provides close observation of patients in an effort to ensure a safe environment and assist in fall prevention while receiving care.
Obtains verbal report from the patient's nurse to include information regarding the patient's identified visual, auditory, or language barriers, as well as an special consideration (NPO, bed alarms, etc.)
Positions self in patient room at bedside to maintain constant visual observation of the patient. Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight unless specifically instructed the the nurse
Obtains instruction from nurse regarding ambulation limitations and course of action for redirection of patient if needed.
Observant of the patient's activity and behavior and communicates on a regular basis to the nurse. Receives direction from the nurse re: wait to report, to whom, and how.
Provides for patient comfort, safety and satisfaction. Maintains patient environment in a safe and orderly manner.
Communicates in a professional manner and demonstrates respect for patient, families/significant other and other health care members.
Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information.
While working in the Bedside Attendant role, the Attendant will not make or receive personal phone calls (this includes testing)
While acting as an Attendant to a patient, the Attendant may not leave the patient's room without RN approval and/or relief.
In the event of an emergency or sudden change in the patient's condition/behavior, the Attendant is to notify the RN immediately via the call light system.