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Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

Essential Responsibilities:

Depending on the type of precaution(s) that the patient is to be observed, the Observation Tech will follow the protocol described in the training: "Observation Training Types.'

When assigned to be an Constant Observer (sitter), the staff person will:

  • Sit with the patient according to established guidelines for Observation and patient precautions.
  • Complete precaution sheet according to policy every 15 minutes.
  • Never leave the patient unattended.
  • Secure relief for rest periods and meals.
  • Give a detailed report to staff providing relief
  • Provide necessary care as required for the patient that you are observing; feeding, bathing, toileting, etc.
  • Remove excessive linens and towels from the patient room.
  • Keep bedside table and room free from clutter. Only the observation record may be on the observer desk/chair area.
  • There is to be no food, no personal items, and no reading material while working.
  • Do constant contraband checks/
  • Sit with the patient at meal times.
  • Attend groups with the patient.
  • Give status reports to RNs and oncoming Constant Observer.
  • Report unusual behaviors to the RN immediately.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Deal with the sick or handicapped of all ages.
  • Understand and follow instructions exactly in caring for those who depend on you.
  • Ability to communicate in a caring manner with people of all ages.


High School Graduate, completion of hospital orientation, training and competency relative to precautions, observation requirements and CPI.


Completion of a minimum of one year's hospital or related health care experience.

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