Overview:***This job posting will fill multiple positions***Provides visual and audible observation of assigned patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN), Clinical Director and/or unit manager. The patient observer (sitter) is also crossed trained in the roles of patient care technician and patient transporter. This position is deemed essential and has required presence on-site during inclement weather. Responsible for the safe, timely and accurate transport of patients, medical equipment, and patient-related items to their destinations.The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has a unique combination of education, research, and clinical programs that encourages and supports teamwork and diversity. We champion being a collaborative health care organization, focused on improving the health, health care, and well-being of Arkansans.UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and familyHoliday, Vacation and Sick LeaveEducation discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMSBasic Life Insurance up to $50,000Career Training and Educational OpportunitiesMerchant DiscountsConcierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacySalary: offered commensurate with experienceResponsibilities:Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Visually and audibly monitors the assigned patient’s condition and behavior at all times.Completes observation reports at established interval.Takes initiative in compassionately rendering service or responding to needs.Interacts hospitably, cheerfully, and supportively with staff, patients, and visitors.Remains at the bedside of assigned patient unless relieved by an appropriate staff member.Verbally redirects the patient from engaging in at-risk behaviors.Seeks help or advice as soon as possible when patient appears to be in medical distress or poses a threat and escalates to assigned medical professionals.Participates in collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues. Assures patient environment is safe; reports any safety hazards to the charge nurse. Removes visible hazards and reports as appropriate.Assists in calming and/or reorienting patient in cases of agitation or confusion.Assists with keeping patient’s room safe and orderly.Accompanies patient when diagnostic testing is required.Immediately summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance, control, or other nursing interventions, or exhibits unusual behavior or verbalizations. Immediately reports any potentially dangerous behavior or concerning conversations to the nurse.Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patient when arriving on unit and upon completion of shift assignment. Arranges coverage around meal break times with nurse and informs nurse prior to leaving patient for any reason.Assists patient with ordering dietary tray and setting up of patient’s meal tray; feeding; assists with basic positioning of patient; assists with patient wheelchair rides and/or ambulation if patient is stable and gait has been previously determined safe by assigned staff nurse.Responds rapidly and thoroughly to emergencies, special needs, etc.Accepts suggestions and direction from supervisors and hospital staff.Demonstrates knowledge of department policies and procedures. Honors department’s attendance, break, behavior, dress, personal hygiene, and safety codes.Adheres to facility confidentiality and patients rights policy as outlined in the facilities HIPPA policies and procedures.Accepts and absorbs department and hospital education program.Assists other associates as necessary including but not limited to assisting doctors and nurses with treatments, reporting patient conditions, and recording vital signs, such as blood pressure, blood draw, heart rate, and temperature. Responds to direction as provided.Assist patients with tasks they are unable to do for themselves including walking and range of motion exercises.Properly and safely transports patients, secures IVs, drainage tubes, etc., and secures patient.In accordance with the transportation of patients, uses wheelchairs and other approved rolling stock to carry out the essential duties of the position.Demonstrates competency in transporting all specific age groups.Ensures the safe, timely and accurate transport of patients to their destination using the proper requested equipment.Communicates effectively with nursing personnel, clinicians, technicians or reception and dispatch.Ensures the comfort of the patient by being attentive. Offers blankets, assist with bed positioning to ensure comfortable, checks modesty, and only engages in appropriate conversation involving patients. Never transports patients in severe pain.Alerts nursing staff immediately to any signs of patient distress or equipment malfunction.Maintains equipment and reports equipment needing repairs.Complies with regulatory agency standards, including federal, state and JCAHO.Performs other duties as assigned.Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications:HS diploma/GEDCPR and BLS CertificationGeneral Knowledge of MS Excel and MS Word and EPICMust have knowledge in areas of: Current CPR and basic life Support healthcare provider (BLS) certification required. One to two years of previous experience is preferred. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant except as provided by law. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.UAMS is anAffirmative ActionandEqual Opportunity Employerof individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Physical Requirements:Stand: OccasionallySit: FrequentlyWalk: FrequentlyBend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: OccasionallyLift, push, pull, carry weight: 51 – 99 lbsUse hands to touch, handle, or feel: ContinuouslyTalk: FrequentlyHear: FrequentlyTaste or smell: NeverRead, concentrate, think analytically: ContinuouslyPhysical Environment: Inside Medical Facility EnvironmentNoise Level: ModerateVisual Requirements: Near visual acuityHazards: NoneThe post Patient Safety Technician first appeared on Get a Job Arkansas.