Sitters / Patient Safety Associates

Sitters / Patient Safety Associates

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Safety Associates (PSAs or Sitters) to assist in providing continuous observation, activities of daily living (ADLs), and critical day-to-day care while maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment.


Under Traning section – Change All MHS Patient Safety Associates complete a minimum of 40 hours of training to include to All MHS Patient Safety Associates complete a minimum of 40 hours of training to include
  • Observation (1 :1, 2:1 cohorting, distance safety, and purposeful rounding).
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention Institute (CPI) certification.
  • Universal precautions including isolation, hand hygiene, and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Patient Safety Associate class
  • Basic medical terminology
  • Customer service training
  • Can be cross-trained as Patient Transporter or Ambassador
  • Annual competency assessment/review

Essential Functions

  • Documents patient activities every 30 minutes and provides a report to the nurse in charge at the end of each shift
  • Assists nurse with the accurate measurement and reporting of fluid intake and output (1/0)
  • Accompanies patient to procedures and tests
  • Serves as a unit runner or patient transporter
  • Maintains patient safety and comfort while ensuring a therapeutic environment
  • Assists with ADLs, including bathing, feeding, toileting, hygiene, and oral care
  • Assists the nurse with linen changes and repositioning of patients
  • Delivers and picks up materials, supplies, and specimens as directed
  • Responds courteously and promptly to patient call bells and, if necessary, notifies the appropriate care team member
  • Complies with all hospital rules, regulations, and standards