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Patient Safety Associate 

Open Date 10/1/2018  

Employee Type: Full-Time/Part-Time

Job Type: Hospitality/Healthcare

Experience: High School Diploma or equivalent experience

Under the supervision and direction of the MHS Manager and the Nurse in charge, the Patient Safety Associate (PSA) provides vigilant and continuous observation and appropriate diversion activities for an assigned patient. When not directed to provide continuous patient observation, under the direction of the Nurse in charge, MHS Team Leader, and MHS Lead PSA, performs duties necessary to ensure smooth day to day operations of the assigned nursing unit.

Duties and Responsibilities:

PSA performs basic patient monitoring activities under the supervision of an assigned Nurse.

PSA observes the patient’s activity and behavior and communicates on a regular basis to the Nurse in charge or a Technician.

Assists charge Nurse with the accurate measurement and reporting of intake and output.

Accompanies patients to medical procedures (as directed by the Nurse in charge) and tests and maintains observation of the patient during the procedures and tests.

Assists patient to and from bathroom.

Responds as directed by the responsible nurse to changing patients'/unit's needs.During a patient or environmental emergency, may serve as a runner or may transport patients as directed.

Provides for patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction.Maintains patient environment in a safe and orderly manner.

Performs patient care tasks related to activities of daily living, such as bathing, feeding, and hair, skin, and oral care (as directed by the Nurse in charge).

Assists the Nurse in charge and/or Clinical Technician with linen changes and repositioning, as directed by the Nurse in charge.

Keeps the assigned patient as the primary responsibility at all times.Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight, unless specifically instructed by the Nurse or Technician.

The PSA must remain attentive to the patient at all times.The PSA must not engage in any other activities which would distract them from the patient.Activities such as reading, studying, sleeping, socializing, television, and phone use are prohibited.

Obtains instruction from the Nurse in charge regarding ambulation limitations and appropriate course of action for redirection of patient, if needed.

Documents patient’s activities every 30 minutes and provides a report to the charge nurse at the end of shift.Receives direction from the Nurse in charge regarding what to report, to whom, and how.

Responds courteously and promptly to patient call bells and, if necessary, notifies the appropriate care team member promptly.

Restocks supplies for the department to include the removal and appropriate dispensation of supplies left in patient rooms (as directed by the Nurse in charge).

Verbalizes understanding and responsibilities during all hospital system Emergency codes.

Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information.Uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job.

The PSA must wait for proper relief from Nurse in charge or PSA lead before going on breaks or meals.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

Regularly required to run; stand; walk; sit; use hands to touch, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear.

Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds frequently and up to 75 pounds occasionally. Must be able to push and pull 75 pounds frequently and 100 pounds occasionally.

Must be able to push and pull (on wheelchair) 100 to 350 pounds, frequently over considerable distance.

Ability to working flexible schedules and extended hours is sometimes required.

Qualifications and Requirements:

High School diploma or equivalent, or equivalent experience.

Must be able to work legally in the United States.

Must pass background and drug screenings.

Previous Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or other healthcare experience preferred.

Able to speak, read, and write English fluently.

Must successfully complete Patient Safety Associate (PSA), Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) trainings.

May be required to meet immunization or health screening requirements through providing personal records or undergoing testing and, if required, further immunizations or tests.

Location Inova Fair Oaks Hospital  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time and/or Part-Time  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Req Number GUE-17-00002  
Position Requirements  
Position Patient Safety Associate  
Close Date 1/10/2019  
Post Internal Days 0  
Created By Christine Peterson  
Number of Openings 26  
Number Filled 10  
Hiring Manager(s) Rachel Petrusic-Craig  

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