Patient Sitter - Is 15 $ an hour good? - page 2

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Hi, I just got a job as a patient sitter and it pays 15 $ Canadian per hr during days and 16 $ per hour on nights Is this an average rate of pay for a "patient sitter" type of job? I was just wondering what the going rate... Read More


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    WOW! The sitters in my hospital make about $8/hour and aren't expected to do anything BUT "sit." In fact, they are NOT trained in CPR, and are specifically instructed to do nothing but "watch" the patient. I can't even get them to lend a hand with grabbing a supply for me, much less turning or feeding or transferring a patient...
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    Quote from happybunny1970
    WOW! The sitters in my hospital make about $8/hour and aren't expected to do anything BUT "sit." In fact, they are NOT trained in CPR, and are specifically instructed to do nothing but "watch" the patient. I can't even get them to lend a hand with grabbing a supply for me, much less turning or feeding or transferring a patient...
    A sitter is not allowed to do any sort of patient care (turning, feeding, transferring, etc.). I think the only time a sitter is able to do this is if they are a CNA, Nurse Apprentice, etc.
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    Most of our sitters are CNA's...they are there for patient safety, and are expected to "care" for the patient on a 1:1 basis. Most of the time our elderly just need to be oriented to their surroundings so they will not remove ivs and foleys, get out of bed, or wander. The number 1 reason for falls is the need to toilet....that problem is addressed by having a person at bedside and able to assist if needed....

    My pet peeve are the ones who are reading a book or ignoring the patient...a big NO NO in my book! It's one thing if patients are sleeping, but quite another if they are awake. If the sitters are professional staff I expect them to behave as they would if they were working the entire floor, the only difference is that they have 1 patient. I'd say that's a pretty good deal! As an RN I have had many sitters with my patients in the ER...most just needed constant monitoring, some had to be constantly reminded were they were, some slept the entire time, and only 1 in the past 2 years was threatening(he got medicated and restrained!). Sitters provide an avenue for safety other than restraints. It's a service that should be used more often.

    Maisy
    Last edit by MAISY, RN-ER on Jan 5, '08 : Reason: posted before finished
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    Thats great money for us here in OHIO as a sitter! As an aide we sit more than others, but we do have designated pt sitters that we utilize. i do not like having some of the pt sitters around because they are not allowed to do anything for the pt. We often place the sitters in with suicidal pts, ODs, LOL and LOM who climb OOB. Just really upseting when you have to go in and calm a pt or protect a pt from hurting themselves, when your other pts need you just as much.
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    I just got a call today from a hospital wanting to interview me for a patient care sitter. When working at the hospital, do you normally hire you when they want an interview? Any pointers on what to say, not say?
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    Our aids don't even get paid that much.
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    I am currently in nursing school. I have one year left until I am an RN. I applied at a hospital for a nurse tech position and did not get an offer but they notified me about a sitter position. Should I take this or look for something that will give me more experience. I feel like it will be a step down from clinical.
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    Quote from Alpha13
    Consdering you do as much as the old guy who stands at the front of the walmart, that's a good wage.
    I agree, there are a lot of people who basically care for themselves, and forget about the patient, and in effect do nothing. But, lately I have seen quite a few really good sitters. I wonder if that's because of our economy, people need to actually do their job. Or, finally some people are coming into these spots who have some intregrity.

    As far as the orginal question goes. I used to live next to Canada, and I know a couple of years ago, your money was worth quite a bit less than ours. So, I would like to know what you are being paid in US dollars. I know it will be less then $15 an hour.

    There are regular sitting jobs, and then there are the patients who are big problems. If you get one of them, I think that you will feel, you put in a month of hard work into just one night. It isn't anything I would ever want to do, - but if you think you have the personality for it - go for it. I know a lot of people really like it.
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    Actually, $15 Canadian is about $15.57 or so in US dollars.
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    I work as a PCA at a local hospital in Ontario. We get many call in's to "sit" with patients. We get paid our normal wage of $21/hr plus extra if you work nights or weekends


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