Provides one to one observation for patients who have expressed or demonstrated suicidal/homicidal ideations or other psychiatric illness, patients at risk for child abuse, drug abuse, confusion or behavior problems. No direct care activities are carried out in this role.
Staff member provides patient care, treatment, and services within the scope of their license, certification, registration, and/or assessed competencies. Practice will be in accordance with laws and regulations.
- Observes and reports any suicidal/homicidal gestures/threats or changes in behavior to the charge nurse immediately. Remains within constant eye contact of the patient at all times Remains alert, adaptable and able to exercise good judgment. Observes and reports any observed changes in patient's status.
- Keeps the environment free of harmful items such as glass, knives, belts, etc. Never leaves the patient alone--even in the bathroom. Never allows family members or friends to bring in items from outside (including food) without going through the nursing staff for patients
- Remains professionally detached--Does not talk about oneself, your thoughts or your feelings when on assignment. Notifies nursing staff immediately at any time assistance is needed for the care of the patient.
- Maintains the required documentation/flow sheet that pertains to the patient's condition and reason for the observation.
- Participates in continuous quality improvement activities and teams.
- Participates in supporting the organization’s vision, mission and values and adheres to DeKalb Medical Standards of Behavior.
- Performs other duties as assigned to meet the goals and objectives of DeKalb Medical.
Minimum Education, Experience and Licensure Required:
- BLS certification through the American Heart Association required.
- Certified from a technical school as Certified Nursing Assistant.