Patient Safety Assistant - 40 hrs/wk Midnight Shift - Henry Ford West Bloomfield

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Nursing
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200591 Requisition #
 GENERAL SUMMARY:
The Patient Safety Assistant (PSA) will provide a safe environment for the patient under the direction of the Registered Nurse. Tasks include patient observation, assisting with feeding, bathing, toileting, ambulating, engaging in activities that the patient enjoys i.e. reading, playing cards, etc., and companionship. The PSA will maintain a commitment to the philosophy, mission, and values of the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS).
 
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Receives report from the registered nurse as well as the previous sitter assigned to the patient. The patient will be visually observed at all times, including accompanying the patient to the bathroom and remaining with the patient when visitors are present. The PSA will notify (via call system) the RN when family/visitors arrive.
  • Provides constant observation of the patient and timely notification to the RN of patient behavior that may lead to unintended elopement, fall, or harm to themselves or others. Immediately reports to the RN any changes(s) in physical condition from initial report.
    • Must remain with the patient during the entire shift until scheduled relief arrives.
    • Accompanies patient off floor for scheduled appointments, tests, and procedures only.
    • Communicates effectively and appropriately with patients, families, nursing staff, physicians, etc.
    • Responds and reacts to emergent situations in a calm and controlled manner in accordance with hospital policy and procedure.
    • Assists the patient with contacting hospital staff, television channel selections, letter writing, and using telephone.
    • Maintains core customer service skills and communication when challenged by agitated, delusional, or confused patients.
    • Provide companionship to the patient and participate in activities such as reading to the patient, conversing, and playing cards.
  • Responsible for observation, setting up of tray for meals and assisting patient with eating as directed by the patient’s assigned RN. The PSA will assist unit staff with bathing and toileting. The PSA will assist patient with ambulating and positioning as directed by the patient’s assigned RN.
  • The PSA will report any observations related to the patient’s condition to the responsible RN via the call light system while remaining with the patient.
     
     
  • PSAs may be assigned to observe/attend to more than one patient in the same room/area. This determination will be made by the Nurse Leadership and will be based on the patient’s condition.
  • Submit necessary documentation (i.e. PSA report sheets, room checks, etc.) to designated location/person, after signature by the responsible RN per business unit process.
  • SUICIDE PRECAUTIONS ONLY— The PSA will assist the registered nurse in keeping the patient’s room free of objects that could potentially be harmful. Sharp objects such as razors, scissors, knives, glass bottles and mirrors are to be removed. Patient care items with potential for harm must be removed and the RN notified. The PSA must keep in constant eye contact with the patient.
  • PSAs are not to engage in any personal activities such as homework. Use of personal cellular phones, iPods, or other electronic equipment is prohibited. Use of ear buds is prohibited. PSAs may engage in light reading when the patient is sleeping.

 
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.

    Overview

       Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health System is a

       $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

       including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

       other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

       now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

       of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

       health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s  

       major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

       remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

       education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

       in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

       pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visit HenryFord.com.

     Benefits

       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

       Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness,                 and a whole host of other benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not         eligible for benefits.    

      Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

        Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is

        committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

        race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

        weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

        or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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