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  1. I am a Patient Companion aka a "patient sitter" which is a term I despise since I don't sit much. I just received a 12% pay increase an we have just hired a new full-time Companion. My boss, the Director of Nursing, told me they are looking into Vitual Patient Monitoring and I will be part of it. I'm sorry to toot my horn but I am one of the best out there. I'm known as the patient whisperer around the hospital and units always wish I was there. My only required credential is BLS. I have learned a lot about patient care and I make sure I know as much as possible about the patient so I can find a connection. I get them though the day and help keep the unit from unwanted disruptions. So my boss assures me the Patient Companion position will not go away as we will still be needed on the tough cases. I am fine with that and if we can monitor 10 borderline patients at once vs. using the techs for overflow, that Is great. My concern is the hospital will not apply the technology to the right patients. It takes a millisecond to pull an IV line and God forbid a PICC line. I am a very hands on Companion. My observations are sought after by clinical staff, I'm a great ambassador to the family and most patients appreciate my help. The new system is being marketed as a great savior and some companies state they can rid of traditional 1:1s. Some say it will allow the hospital to use the saved money and hire more Companions. So after this long winded post, I'm asking those that have this system in place, how is it working? Do you still have sitters? Are there reduced falls and pulled lines? I've never had a patient fall and never a pulled line. I'd like to here your opinions. Only those that have been exposed to the virtual monitoring system respond. I'd rather not have opinions just facts.
  2. mschumer

    RN as Patient Sitter?

    Well finally a post, albeit a little old, that a “sitter,” a title I cannot stand, would be appreciated in your situation. Why your hospital does not assign companions is beyond me. I am a Patient Companion and a good one at that. I’m part of the bedside care team. I do not have a CNA license and my only credential is a BLS certificate. I love this job. Fortunately, I have a wife that makes the money and I am able to do this. I am known as the “Patient Whisperer.” I am very involved with my assignments. I know as much as the nurses do about the patient. I work closely with the Psychiatrist as well as nurses, doctors, speach therapy, PT and OT. I could go on and on about all I do but I am part of a team and glad my hospital appreciates it. I'm sorry yours does not. Maybe they do now since this post is a year old.
  3. This post may be old as dirt but I wanted to say as a Patient Companion at my Hospital, we do not cross the clinical line. We are however relied upon to provide observations that assist clinical staff in their assessment. We work and are an integral part of bedside care and are a liaison between patient/family/staff. We assist Nurses and Techs with patient care (non clinical). We get crisis patients through the day. We are the empaths of the Hospital. We assist P/T and O/T. We alert clinical staff when something clinical was performed incorrectly. I:E, O2 not on, a particular sedative is not working. We are the only bedside care member to be with a single patient the entire shift. We know the patient's emotional well being better than anyone. We do all this for very low pay and most of us don't care because we see the results of our impact in a profound way. We don't sit.
  4. mschumer

    I am a Patient Companion!

    No I didn't mean they were mutually exclusive. My particular position couldn't be justified if it paid much. I'm fortunate that I can take on a low paying yet rewarding role. Thanks for the feedback!
  5. mschumer

    I am a Patient Companion!

    I am not a Nurse. I am not a Tech. I am by choice a Patient Companion AKA a sitter. As you know, I am a non clinical uncertified bedside care worker. I consider the patients I'm assigned to as my patients just like a Nurse or Tech. I enjoy this role and have inherent qualities that make me a successful Companion. I don't do it for the money which should be obvious. I take the role seriously, insuring the patients are safe and I am a calming and helpful presence. I take the role to the highest level possible by being involved with patients, understanding their emotional needs and make every attempt to understand their clinical situation. I'm very hands on and assist the Nurses and Techs in any situation without crossing the clinical line. I'm well respected and appreciated in my hospital. What has your experience been with a full time Patient Companion. Very curious how other Nurses perceive this role.
  6. mschumer

    Cleaning Scrubs. Need a consensus.

    Thanks. I'm hanging them now and pre treated new scrubs. Delicate dry and I always turn inside out. Woolite seems like a good idea. The Cherokees look great when you first buy them. Hopefully more TLC will keep them looking better. Thanks!
  7. mschumer

    Cleaning Scrubs. Need a consensus.

    Thanks, I like Dickies but the medium pants ran long for me and didn't want to try the small. Just bought 6 pairs of Cherokees with brighter colors.
  8. Hi, I'm not a Nurse. I am a Patient Companion. I perform 1:1s in the hospital. Some may call me a sitter but I do much more than that. Anyway, I work five days a week. I like Cherokee scrubs the best. I have 7 pairs so I wash them once a week. When I started my job, I read wash them in cold water and dry at a cool temperature. Well they seem to fade and get pilly. Can I get a consensus on how to clean my scrubs and the best shot at avoiding the pilliness and have them not fade after four washings? TIA!

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