This is mainly just a vent, but I dread hearing in report that the patients has a sitter at bedside. Not because that means the patient is confused, but because 9/10 the sitter is crazier than the patient, completely useless, and like having a 2nd patient in the room. My last shift, the patient was obviously confused and could not be reasoned with. A sitter was called to beside and she was a complete nightmare. She would call out every five minutes saying that she needed the nurse because he was trying to pull on his foley or his picc line, or trying to get out of bed (he had a posey vest on). After the fifth time the sitter called out (each time myself or the aide went in). I told her that I was we'll aware of the situation and that is why she was called in to watch the patient and make sure that he didn't hurt himself, not call the nurse every time he attempted to pull at something. Approx ten minutes later two of my coworkers came to the nurses station saying that the sitter is threatening to hurt the patient! I rush to the room and from down the hall I hear her SCREAMING at my patient! Not sternly talking to my patient, but screaming! I was livid, I told her to leave the room, called my charge nurse and told her that the sitter needed to leave immediately. I, unfortunately, had to put my patient in wrist restraints as well after she left because there was no way I wanted another sitter. This isn't the first time she has been reported to the company by one of our nurses, and yet she still comes back. I obviously had to chart my butt off about that one. Our floor has also had a sitter bring a gun into the patients room and have it within reach of the confused patient, had a sitter leave the room without telling anyone for her smoke break and the patient got out of bed and fell, I've also had a sitter tell the patient that I was an evil nurse because I was wearing all black scrubs. Just to name a few examples.
Jul 9, '13
by loriangel14 Guide
When we have sitters it one of our regular staff called in to sit.Sometimes it's as exhausting as having a full assignment.And sometimes it's really dull.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Jul 10, '13
Im am definitely going to be defensive here. I was a sitter for 3 years. I was a DAMN good sitter/pct. I saved the nurses and pct's working the floor so much time, you probably have no clue. I also saved a couple of patients lives. There are definitely unskilled, lazy sitters out there, but please don't group them all together. My experience as a sitter was invaluable to me as a nurse today. I am sorry to come across so cranky. Im sure you've had bad experiences with sitters, but there are many awesome ones out there. It was downright exhausting at times, trying to keep the high fall risk pt in bed, or calming them down by therapeutic communication when they started to get very anxious.....I could go on and on. As a sitter, I'm the one who realized once a pt was not simply sleeping. I took vitals, tried waking her up while calling a nurse in the room and went down to CT with her. Turns out she was hemorrhaging again after a fall she had taken the week before. She could have gone on bleeding in her brain for hours if there was not an astute sitter in that room that morning.
Last edit by SleeepyRN on Jul 20, '13