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Patient Sitter - Medical Surgical

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Job ID: 71642
Location: Ketchikan, AK
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 10 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking a Patient Sitter for a Full Time, 1.00 FTE, Day position. The general salary range for this job opening at PeaceHealth is $18.00 – $26.46. The actual hiring rate is dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to, the job/position responsibilities, location, terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement, education, training, work experience, seniority, work performance, etc.

Be part of a cohesive team by providing continuous visual monitoring and surveillance/observation of patient(s). 

PeaceHealth has been serving the communities of Southeast Alaska since 1923 with Ketchikan Medical Center, a 25-bed critical-access hospital offering comprehensive trauma care, outpatient and home health services, and a 29-bed long-term care facility. Primary and specialty medical care is provided by PeaceHealth Medical Group—Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island. Our Trauma IV emergency department operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, staffed by physicians who are independent contractors employed by National Emergency Services (NES). Discover PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center and the friendly, family-orientated community in scenic Southeast Alaska: https://peacehealth.culturehq.com/story/5792

*** Hiring Bonus May Be Available *** Hiring Bonus May Be Available ***

Details of the position

  • Utilizes observational skills to provide continuous visual monitoring, support and observation of assigned patients. Coordinates relief when leaving the patient’s room in order to maintain constant patient observation.
  • Maintains visual patient observation at all times. Verbally redirects patient as needed to ensure patient safety. Summons nursing staff if the patient requires assistance with activity or ADLs.
  • Provides patient with explanations as necessary. Escalates to clinical staff on unit when necessary.
  • If patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others, escalates to clinical staff on the unit.
  • Ensures patient’s primary language, if other than English, is assigned in system by nursing staff.
  • Participates in a collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues and ensures patient environmental safety. Seeks assistance with removal of any potential safety hazard from room and reports findings to charge nurse. Escalates any patient safety hazard identified in room to clinical staff unit.
  • Participates in safe patient hand-off at break or change of shift.

What you bring

  • 1 year Preferred: of patient care experience
  • Required: Basic Life Support

Working conditions


  • Patient handling no greater than 35 lbs. without the use of assistive equipment and/or devices (NIOSH).
  • Fine motor skills to be able to grasp and control medical equipment and perform precise procedures.
  • Push/Pull: Frequently up to 45 lbs. force (i.e., WOW, medical carts).
  • Perform hands on CPR at least 20 mins using 100-125 lbs. of force (National Assoc. of EMS Physicians and AHA) Frequency should be seldom or occasionally.
  • Ability to move around area with frequent sitting.
  • Bending/ stooping/ squatting/ reaching/ kneeling frequently.
  • Lifting (non-patient) up to 20 lbs. occasionally and 5 lbs. frequently.


  • Vision and hearing required within normal limits (glasses, contacts, hearing aids permitted).
  • Ability to communicate and exchange accurate information.

For a full position description or for questions, please contact Vicki Greenwald: [email protected]

PeaceHealth is committed to the overall wellbeing of our caregivers: physical, emotional, financial, social, and spiritual. We offer caregivers a competitive and comprehensive total rewards package. Some of the many benefits included in this package are full medical/dental/vision coverage; 403b retirement plan employer base and matching contributions; paid time off; employer-paid life and disability insurance with additional buyup coverage options; tuition and continuing education reimbursement; wellness benefits, and expanded EAP and mental health program.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application. EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.

PeaceHealth requires a completed Primary Vaccine Series (e.g., 2 dose monovalent Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax series or 1 dose J&J vaccine series) or be Up to Date (receiving the most recent Pfizer/Moderna bivalent vaccine/booster) for COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. PeaceHealth has a medical and religious exemption request process for those that are unable to receive the COVID-19 primary vaccine series due to medical/religious reasons. For caregivers that will be working in Oregon there is a personal vaccine exemption form that may be requested.

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