As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
Nemours is seeking a Patient Safety Companion for our Wilmington, DE location. Schedule consists of 36 hours per week, day/night rotation of 12 hour shifts (7a-7p and 7p-7a), every third weekend and holiday rotation.
This position is responsible for: Providing continuous one-on-one supervision in order to promote a safe environment for the patient. A patient safety companion is responsible for clinical duties equivalent to a Nursing Assistant.
Provide direct observation of patient at all times and maintain the ability to safely exit the patient’s room.
Observe and accurately relay behaviors, which may indicate potential harm to self or others, such as unpredictability, suicidal ideation or threats, or signs of deterioration, to the nurse or the provider. Assists in patient safety needs and document appropriately.
Ensures an adequate stock of all necessary equipment and supplies in designated areas at established par levels.
Ensures a clean and safe patient care unit. Assists patients with activities of daily life (bath, feed, play, etc.) and provides other patient care as directed. Assists other staff in examination or treatment procedures including positioning, holding and comforting patients.
Assures all supplies are accurately charged. Contacts pharmacy, dietary, and other departments as designated by the Registered Nurse.
Collects patient specimens (blood, urine, stool, other per policy), paying close attention to patient safety, comfort and accuracy of information. Uses Hospital Information Systems as required for patient care, (e.g. documenting vital signs and patient care activities.)
Accurately relays information from physicians, nurses, laboratory personnel and others. Transports patients and delivers reports, supplies, etc., to other patient units or Nemours/AIDHC locations as needed.
Transports medications from Pharmacy or pneumatic tube system to an appropriate licensed personnel in the patient care area for immediate patient use or storage in the Medication Room on the patient care area.
Promotes patient safety and participates in activities that adhere to patient safety standards and procedures.
Protects patient privacy and maintains confidentiality.
Courteously and professionally covers patient care unit front desk as needed. This includes promptly answering telephones, greeting patients, sending reports, distributing, sorting, or processing mail, entering orders, managing medical record, etc.
Responsible for participation in departmental and hospital programs for Quality Assessment and Improvement, identifying opportunities to improve services, making recommendations and implementing actions as appropriate and consistent with the goals of the Nemours Foundation.
Participates in unit, departmental and hospital education programs. Attends unit/departmental meetings regularly.
Demonstrates proficiency in the care of patients of all ages; neonates, infants, toddlers, school aged, adolescents and adults.
Performs any other duties as assigned by nurse manager, charge nurse, staff nurse or nursing supervisor.
Accepts and provides feedback
The ability to work independently or with a team
Stays current on technological aspects of position
Manages resources prudently
Willingness to accept change Sets priorities and manages time efficiently
Recognizes the importance of process
Answers customers questions and provides accurate information
Knowledgeable regarding Institute services
Minimum 1 year patient care experience preferred
Able to read and write accurately.
Able to understand laboratory orders, computer information, and some medical terminology.
Able to obtain specimens, including blood specimens, from a patient population that is primarily pediatric and often ill, handicapped, or restricted in some way.
BLS through the American Heart Association required
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.