Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Relief Patient Companion - Nursing Float Personnel (0.001 FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California

United Health Workers

Unscheduled Relief, 0.001 FTE, 12 Hour Day Shifts

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Patient companions or sitters are health care workers assigned by nursing staff to observe patients who are at risk for adverse events (falls, self injury, harm to others). The patient companion will follow the plan of care for the patient as outlined by the RN and will keep the assigned patient under continuous observation at all times, including during transport and while using the bathroom. Any changes in the patient condition will be reported to the co-assigned RN immediately.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities required by positions in this job classification. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility entailed.

  • Receives handoff from RN who is assigned to the patient, Communicates with RN during shift about patient status.

  • Performs hand hygiene before and after patient contact. Carries out isolation procedures and utilizes universal precautions.

  • Maintains safe environment for patient by performing constant observation. Accompanies patient when leaving unit. Utilizes safety devices (bed rails, wheel locks). Notifies RN if tubes/catheters become disconnected or if patient condition changes from baseline.

  • While performing constant observation, provides diversionary activities such as reading, play, TV. Orients patient to person, time and place, as needed.

  • Anticipates needs for patient including placing useful items around patient and providing companionship as well as observation.

  • With patients on suicidal precautions, observes for patients surroundings/belongings or if patient is trying to obtain items that could cause themselves injury or harm.

  • Utilizes C I Care/Packard CARES fundamentals at all times and with every interaction.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent

Experience: N/A

Licensure/Certification: N/A

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to accurately, completely, and independently perform the reading, writing, and arithmetic required by the job

  • Ability to be patient and courteous and use active listening skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, and families, both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to demonstrate customer service skills in interactions with all patients, families and staff, including high volume and stressful situations

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information

  • Ability to provide appropriate care based on the needs of the specific individuals, including age

  • Ability to solve problems effectively using appropriate resources; is productive in workflow, skills, and organization

  • Ability to speak, read, write, and understand English effectively at a level appropriate for the job

  • Accompany patients being transported off unit as needed. Knowledge of hygiene, isolation procedures, and universal precautions.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.