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Patient Assistant, Days or Nights, PRN variable hours (6533.1)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center - Omaha Omaha, NE

Job Description

Just like the children we serve, Children's is growing quickly and hiring Patient Assistants to provide observational care for the comfort, safety and personal needs of pediatric patients under the direction and supervision of registered nurses, and provide indirect unit support related to supplies and equipment. 

Day and night PRN positions are available.

Essential Functions/Competencies

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Provides individualized age-specific patient/family care, performing and/or assisting with care to keep the patient(s) safe as delegated by the RN.  Adhering to hospital policies and procedures, under the general supervision of a licensed nurse RN.

  • Assure the safety of the patient(s) from self and the environment.
  • Provides for patient comfort, dignity, and satisfaction.
  • Help prevent patient from pulling out catheters, tubes, and/or injuring themselves.
  • Remains at the bedside within arm’s length of the patient to permit their constant visual observation.  The patient is never left alone, or allowed to go out of line of sight.
  • Remain in the patient’s room unless they have been relieved by a nurse or another sitter who can provide uninterrupted observation.
  • Engage the patient in distracting, goal oriented behaviors and tasks.
  • Communicate on regular basis with the nursing staff, as an active team member.
  • Follows the patient care plan to meet patient’s visual, auditory, or language needs, as well as any special considerations regarding diet, allergy, use of bed rails, etc.
  • Immediately reports escalating behaviors to the nurse and security including attempts to leave, or hurt self/others 
  • Accompany a nurse and a same-gender patient to rest room.
  • Assist nurse with de-escalation as directed.
  • Observe and limit visitors in conjunction with the nurse caring for the patient.
  • Assist with providing relief breaks for other sitters in the unit, as directed.
  • Assist with linen changes and room restocking.
  • Assist the nurse with activities of daily living (ADLs) as long as it does not interfere with the visual observation of the patient.
  • Maintain the privacy and security of all confidential information, documenting complete and accurate information.
  • Escalate clinical alarm alerts to licensed staff.  Sitters are NOT permitted to initiate, silence, trouble-shoot, or discontinue clinical alarms.   Responsible for observing, communicating/interacting with confused, violent, combative or suicidal patients with the intent to prevent injury.
  • Able to maintain calm demeanor and provide care with dignity and respect during stressful encounters.
  • The focused observer is expected to verbally redirect the patient from engaging in at risk behaviors and to alert the nursing staff as patient care needs arise.
  • Accompany patient off unit as needed



Regular attendance at work is an essential function of the job.


Perform physical requirements as described in the Physical Requirements section



  1. Performs other duties as assigned




  • Excellent communication and behavioral management skills that promote safety


  • Minimum of 18 years of age required
  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Health care student or comparable work experience in a health care environment preferred


  • Current and valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required

Job Details

Date Posted December 5, 2018
Date Closes March 5, 2019
Requisition 993965-13146
Address 8200 Dodge Street
Located In Omaha, NE
Work At Hospital
Department Float Team
Job Type Casual / Contingent Employee
Compensation Hourly Wage, Based on Experience
Experience Level Entry Level (0-2 yrs. experience)
Day and Night shifts available. Available for 12 hour shifts 7-7
SOC Category 39-9011.00 Childcare Workers
Zipcode 68114

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan

This job requires the following skills

  • Excellent Communications
  • Patient Safety
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatric Care

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  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan