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.
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!!!
Last edit by Vida on Jan 4, '08
Jan 5, '08
by MAISY, RN-ER
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.
Last edit by MAISY, RN-ER on Jan 5, '08
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