UnityPoint Health

Patient Sitter-Clinical

Requisition ID
Nursing Aides, Assistants, and Techs
600 S. 13th St
5320 UnityPoint Health Pekin
Nursing Administration
Scheduled Hours/Shift
PRN. Variable
Work Type (Portal Searching)
As Needed


Patient Sitter - Clinical

Pekin Hospital

PRN, variable hours



To provide additional assistance to keep identified patients safe from self-harm.



Why UnityPoint Health?

  • CultureAt UnityPoint Health, you matter. Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what’s right for the people we serve.
  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.
  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.


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Ensure patient's safety by providing a safe environment

·        Directly observes identified patient(s) at all times during assigned shift

·        Promotes diversionary activities as necessary

·        Removes items from patient room/surroundings that are potentially dangerous

·        Ensures implementation of patient safety protocols (elopement precautions, suicide precautions, aggressive behaviors)

·        Maintains patient's privacy and ensures confidentiality

·        Operates monitoring equipment effectively

·        Escorts patient when transported to other areas of the hospital

·        Implements fall precautions, monitors safe restraint use


Assist patient with routine activities

·        Attends to general patient comfort needs

·        Assists patient with meal tray

·        Answers patient phone

·        Assists patient with basic/general cares

·        Assists patient ambulation in room if independent with activities

·        Assists in vital signs, I & O, AM/PM cares if competent to do so.

·        Notifies nursing staff to assist patient with other necessary activities


Coordinate care with appropriate hospital personnel

·        Consults with Lead RN or assigned RN, Security, other staff as needed

·        Reports observations in changes of patient's physical status.

·        Reports oral intake to assigned RN

·        Reports observations about patient and patient's behavior to assigned RN

·        Reports changes in patient behavior to nursing staff in timely manner


Document implementation of safety protocols and patient care activities

·        Ensures safety protocols are utilized according to policy

·        Documents implementation of appropriate protocols

·        Documents proof of observation on suicide precautions and other protocols on flow sheet

·        Documents sitter checks as appropriate Documents patient care activities


Basic UPH Performance Criteria        

·        Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·        Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·        Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·        Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·        Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·        Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.


Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.



Certificate of completion from an accredited Nurse Aide training program

High School graduate or GED equivalent





Successful completion of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) approved Nursing Assistant competency examination to achieve Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification.




Writes, reads, comprehends and speaks fluent English.

Basic computer knowledge using word processing, spreadsheet, email, and web browser.

Multicultural sensitivity

Critical thinking skills using independent judgment in making decisions.




Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.

Work may occasionally require travel to other UPH facilities/hospitals.

Required to drive your own vehicle for business purposes.



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