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UnityPoint Health Patient Safety Companion-Clinical Staffing in Des Moines, Iowa

Patient Safety Companion- Internal Resource Pool (Float)

Full-Time and Part Time available, weekend and holiday rotation

Shift: Evenings or Nights

Benefits Eligible

Shift Differential for qualifying shifts

The patient safety companion provides patient monitoring services through direct patient observation in order to provide a safe environment for patients. The Internal Resource Team (IRT) provides support and additional resources to nursing units throughout UnityPoint Health—Des Moines during times of vacancy, high acuity, and census variations. The IRT provides support for 17 adult, Medical/Surgical, inpatient nursing units at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital.

Why UnityPoint Health?

  • Commitment to our Team – We’ve been named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare 2022 by Becker’s Healthcare for our commitment to our team members.

  • Culture – At UnityPoint Health, you Come for a fulfilling career and experience a culture guided by uncompromising values and unwavering belief in doing what's right for the people we serve.

  • Benefits – Our competitive Total Rewards program offers benefits options like 401K match, paid time off and education assistance that align with your needs and priorities, no matter what life stage you’re in.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commitment – We’re committed to ensuring you have a voice that is heard regardless of role, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

  • Development – We believe equipping you with support and development opportunities is an essential part of delivering a remarkable employment experience.

  • Community Involvement – Be an essential part of our core purpose—to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.

Visit us at to hear more from our team members about why UnityPoint Health is a great place to work.

Patient Safety:

  • Provides 1:1 direct observation (in patient’s room) to assigned patient to prevent patient self-injury. Maintains visual observation at all times.

  • Participates in collaborative identification of and reporting of patient safety issues.

  • Removes any potential safety hazard from patient room and reports findings to nursing staff.

  • Promotes diversionary activities as necessary and appropriate

  • Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality

  • Demonstrates understanding and proficient use of patient monitoring software while functioning as a remote monitoring technician.

  • Documents proof of observation on suicide precautions and other safety protocols

Collaborative Care:

  • Assists patient with Activities of Daily Living in accordance with job training and in collaboration with health care team. Nursing staff must be notified if patient lifting is required.

  • Notifies assigned nursing and support staff on assigned area immediately in case of emergency, or as needed to provide patient care on a routine basis.

  • Seeks assistance immediately when patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others

  • Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patient when arriving on unit and upon completion of shift assignment.

  • Notifies nursing and support staff to assist with other necessary activities (toileting, ambulation, etc)

  • Coordinates meal and break times with team members and informs team prior to leaving patient room for any reason.

Education: High School Diploma or GED preferred.

Experience: Previous health care experience preferred.

License(s)/Certification(s): Must possess and maintain valid Basic Life Support (BLS) or obtain certification within three (3) months. Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work related reasons.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Writes, reads, comprehends, and speaks fluent English, multicultural sensitivity, ability to respond appropriately to patient/co-worker, and maintain confidential information.

Requisition ID: 2022-124287

Street: 1200 Pleasant St

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Name: Clinical Staffing

FTE (Numeric Only; Ex. 0.01): 0.9

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Full Time and Part Time available! Evenings and Nights. Weekend and holiday rotation.

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