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Hospital Patient Sitter/Security Officer Lancaster, SC (FT-Various Shifts)

at Allied Universal

Posted: 5/6/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 280766
Keywords: security

Job Description

  • Job LocationsUS-SC-Lancaster | US-SC-Chester
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Security Officer
    Workdays Available
    Friday, Monday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday
    Shifts Available
    Afternoon, Evening, Morning, Overnight
  • Overview

    Allied Universal provides unparalleled service, systems and solutions to the people and business of our communities, and is North America’s leading security services provider. Allied Universal, North America’s leading security services provider, is experiencing tremendous growth. For all full-time positions, we offer medical, dental, vision, flex spending, 401K, an anniversary bonus, and an on-the-spot recognition program.? We promote from within our company!?You can start with little, to no, security experience and become one of Allied Universal’s many success stories.

    Apply to join the LARGEST SECURITY COMPANY in the United States!

    Job Description


    What is Patient Watch? Patient sitters are Security Officers who observe patients who may be a threat to themselves or others, and provide patients a safe environment. Security Officers maintain constant visual observation of the patient on special "observation. Patient sitters typically work full time, although shift work is common due in hospitals providing care at all times, so there may be a need to work nights, weekends, and holidays. This job is well-suited to people who are compassionate and empathetic, enjoy helping others, and have excellent interpersonal skills.

    Patient Sitter Duties and Responsibilities:

    Observe Patients: Patient sitters position themselves in their assigned patient’s room to maintain constant visual observation of them. They need to make sure that the patient is never alone or out of sight unless they’ve been instructed otherwise by the nurse. Before being assigned a patient, patient sitters receive a verbal report from the nurse regarding what to look out for, what to report, and to whom.

    Listen to Patient Concerns: If the patient has any worries or concerns about how they’re feeling, or if their symptoms are worsening, patient sitters listen to these problems and relay them to the appropriate nurse so that further action can be taken if necessary.

    Maintain Patient Environments: Patient sitters provide comfort for the patients they’re responsible for, looking out for their safety and ensuring they’re satisfied with the level of care they’re receiving. They make sure the room is safe, clean, and meets the regulations set by the hospital.

    Record Data for Senior Staff: Along with noting any changes in the patients’ condition, patient sitters also need to maintain accurate and legible records of any untoward events, such as violent behavior or behavioral changes, so these can be added to data records.

    Comply with Regulations: Health and safety regulations, along with the standards set by Allied Universal Security, are critically important with this job. Patient sitters ensure that they and their colleagues are following the correct procedures to meet these guidelines for the safety and well-being of the patients in their care.

    Patient Sitter Skills and Qualifications:

    Patient sitters should be physically fit and have strong interpersonal skills. They must maintain a compassionate attitude when dealing with people who are suffering with illnesses and injuries. Typically, employers require a high school diploma as well as the following abilities:

    • Patience – this job involves various routine tasks, such as cleaning or feeding patients and listening to their worries, so patient sitters need to be comfortable performing these duties and maintaining a professional approach at all times
    • Physical stamina – this is a physically demanding job, with patient sitters spending much of their time on their feet and performing physical tasks, such as helping patients get out of bed or lifting them if they’re struggling to walk
    • Communication skills – patient sitters need to listen to and accurately relay patients’ concerns to inform senior healthcare professionals about any issues they’re experiencing
    • Positive attitude – patient sitters work with people who are sick or injured and who will often be feeling low about their situation. This job requires an empathetic attitude and the ability to maintain positivity, both for themselves and the patients they’re working with
    • Time management – patient sitters need to prioritize tasks and manage their time effectively, as they work with multiple patients each day and carry out a range of tasks that all need to be completed on schedule

    Patient Sitter Education and Training:

    The minimum requirement to become a patient sitter is a high school diploma, with most of the skills for this job learned through on-the-job training from more experienced colleagues. Applicants must demonstrate communication skills and the ability to work safely and in accordance with health and safety regulations.


    Allied Universal provides unparalleled service, systems and solutions to the people and business of our communities, and is North America’s leading security services provider. With over 150,000 employees, Allied Universal delivers high-quality, tailored solutions, which allows clients to focus on their core business. For more information: or to contact your local office.

    We proudly support the Veteran Jobs Mission, a group of over 200 companies that have committed to collectively hiring a total of one million military veterans.


    Allied Universal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.




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