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Patient Sitter - Is 15 $ an hour good?

  1. 0 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 for this type of job is.

    The job entails mostly watching the pt if they are confused, etc.

    Thanks!
  2. Visit  student456 profile page

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  3. Visit  Vida profile page
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    Ive made $15-20 per hour doing the same, but in private/homecare in Ont...ie paid by pt's POA, NOT a facility.. in the last 5 or 6 years. Pretty good, depending on your responsibilities and the needs of your client I suppose. Im not sure about in facility pay. Good time for reading though - especially during the night.

    I wish I could get onto that again - I was just offered a CNA job in a busy nursing home (in Utah) for $8.20/hr...after gas and a bb sitter..would be $4/hr. GEEZ!!!
    :smiletea2:
    Vida
    Last edit by Vida on Jan 4, '08
  4. Visit  student456 profile page
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    It's a hospital based job
  5. Visit  pagandeva2000 profile page
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    I'd take it, and I'm a nurse!
    beckster_01 and canoehead like this.
  6. Visit  Candy303 profile page
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    HI. That's about what I make as a sitter. I work at a hospital. Some nights you can't beleive you're getting paid that much for what your doing. Some nights you can't believe you're not getting paid 100 dollars an hour.
  7. Visit  MikeyJ profile page
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    I am a nurse apprentice on a pediatrics floor, and unfortunately am required to sit once in a while when no sitters are available. Most of our sitters are actually CNA's floated from other departments and their pay is $16.23 for per diem (most of the CNA's are per-diem at my hospital).

    I don't mind sitting until it hits 4:00 a.m. and then it is very hard to stay up. Patients on the pediatrics floor that typicaly need 1:1 observation are those with suicidal ideations. I have never had anything go wrong while sitting and I end up sitting there watching movies with the kid/teen.
  8. Visit  Alpha13 profile page
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    Consdering you do as much as the old guy who stands at the front of the walmart, that's a good wage.
  9. Visit  MikeyJ profile page
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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.
    Kind of harsh.

    Yes, there isn't much to sitting (and everytime I have sat it didn't take much more effort than the greeter at Wal-Mart). But I know of situations where sitters are attacked or sitters need to begin CPR on their patient.
  10. Visit  Tait profile page
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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 don't think that is an accurate statement at all. Of all the times I have needed to call in a sitter the patient has been pulling out lines, getting out of bed, hollering at the staff and more.
  11. Visit  Candy303 profile page
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    Quote from sistermike
    Kind of harsh.

    Yes, there isn't much to sitting (and everytime I have sat it didn't take much more effort than the greeter at Wal-Mart). But I know of situations where sitters are attacked or sitters need to begin CPR on their patient.

    Thank you. I am a sitter and I was attacked two nights ago. My patient took the bedside phone to my head, face and neck 15 or 20 times before they could get me away from him. I ended up in the ER. It's not always an easy job!
  12. Visit  happybunny1970 profile page
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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...
  13. Visit  MikeyJ profile page
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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.
  14. Visit  MAISY, RN-ER profile page
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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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