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Behavioral Safety Assistant II

Job ID: 163081
Category: Clinical Support
Work Type: FT
Location: West Chester, PA, United States
Date Posted: Nov 22, 2022
Work Schedule: 7:00am-7:30pm

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Description

Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

A member of the nursing team who provides continuous observation and surveillance of assigned patients. Observation and surveillance may be at the bedside or remotely via the iObserver software. This includes: patients at risk for harm to self or others or patients with compromised judgment.

Accountabilities

Provide continuous observation or 1:1 observation and supervision to patients based upon eligibility criteria. Stays at the patient’s bedside and keeps the patient in their direct line of vision at all times. Personal activities such as reading, studying, crafts, and using personal social media devices (i.e. tablets, cell phones) are not permitted while on duty supervising patients.

Document patient behaviors and interventions in the Electronic Medical Record or Paper Documentation as appropriate.

Communicates with patient using interventions to decrease agitation/confusion. This includes the use of optimal stimulation based upon individual patient needs. De-escalates agitated or aggressive patients/family.

Maintains safety measures for fall and ligature risk patients.

Ambulates with independent patients.

Provide divisional activities when appropriate.

Assist with basic toileting, such as providing urinal and placing bedpan under patients when needed.

For patients who are independently ambulatory, the BSA should ambulate to the bathroom; with patients and remain present keeping patient in line of sight at all times until patient is returned back to bed.

Assists patients with Activities of Daily Living and Performs AM care/ PM care as instructed. AM/PM care includes but is not limited to complete/partial and set up bath, mouth/ denture care, hair grooming, facial shave.

Assist with basic meal tray set-up; and assist with feeding patients excluding patients who are on Swallowing Precautions. These tasks include: assisting with menu selections for patients; prepares meal tray and patient for meal time; communicate intake on all patients as indicated.

Observes or monitors behavior/health state and reports observations to the care team.

Reports skin breakdown

Maintains a safe environment and protects the patient from injury by observing for potential aggression, self-harm, falls, confusion, disorientation, wandering or elopement according to patient’s orders. Documents per policy.

Monitors patient restraints in a manner that protects the safety of patients and others.

Performs safe patient transfers utilizing proper ergonomics and safe patient handling equipment. Transfers include bed to chair, bed to wheelchair, bed to stretcher.

Accompanies patients while traveling through the hospital.

Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures

Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization

Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patients when arriving on the unit and completion of shift, and hand off during breaks. Arranges meal break times with nurse and informs nurse prior to leaving patient bedside for any reason so that relief may be provided to ensure constant patient observation.

Remote Surveillance of patient:

Demonstrates understanding and proficiency of the use of the iObserver software.

Maintains visual observation at all times. Positions video to focus on patient and constant visual observation of the patient. Never leaves the patient alone or out of sight unless instructed.

Observes the patient’s environment for safety hazards and concerns. Provides patient with explanations as necessary without judgement.

Assists with patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction by communicating needs directly to the bedside team.

Verbally redirects patient over digital 2-way audio device that is in patient room. Immediately summons the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance. Reports to nurse any changes in patient condition or behavior.

During a patient or environmental emergency sounds notification alarm to notify nearby staff.

Seeks help or advice as soon as possible when patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others. Participates in a collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues. Assures patient environment safety. Seeks assistance with removal of any potential safety hazard from room and reports findings to primary nurse.

Provides timely documentation of patient observation in the iObserver software.

Screens patients for the observation modality and identifying patients that do not meet established criteria to appropriate care.

Provides education related to the program and their role to patients and visitors.

Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patients when arriving on the unit and completion of shift. Arranges meal break times with nurse and informs nurse prior to leaving monitor station for any reason so that relief may be provided to ensure constant patient observation.


Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures

Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization

 

H.S. Diploma/GED

 

And

1+ years

Previous training and/or experience in a patient care environment preferred such as medical, behavioral health or clinical assistant or health technician, or patient safety assistant. Ability to understand English. Able to communicate effectively with patients who may have altered mentation or situational awareness. Working knowledge of computer use.

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

    Live Your Life's Work

    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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