Patient Monitor, ED

Job Description

Location: UCMC
Department: Emergency Department
Hours: 24 Hours/Week
Shift: First Shft 7A-7P

Description for Internal Candidates

The primary responsibility of the Patient Monitor is to ensure patient safety by providing continuous visual observation and appropriate intervention. The Patient Monitor will also perform specific tasks under the supervision of the primary care giver.

About University of Cincinnati Medical Center

As the pioneering hospital of UC Health, Greater Cincinnati's academic health system, UC Medical Center has served greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for nearly 200 years. Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients receive care from our world-renowned clinicians and care teams utilizing the most advanced medical knowledge and technology available. UC Medical Center has 724 licensed beds and more than 5,800 employees.

Unit Details (selling points):
  • Only level one trauma center in Cincinnati
  • Greater Cincinnati's only comprehensive organ transplant program
  • Staffing ratios is 1:4


Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities for Internal Candidates

  • Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment, and continuing care of the patient.
  • Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems.
  • Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms.
  • Performs treatments, administers medication, or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

  • The Patient Monitor may not leave the patient unattended or move out of visual contact with the patient without obtaining relief from the patient's primary nurse. The Patient Monitor must take appropriate action to prevent or reduce the risk of harm to the patient (i.e., limit movement, stopping patient from removing CMU equipment, pulling out IV lines, catheters, etc.) The Patient Monitor must refer to the Suicide Risk policy when caring for a suicide risk patient. Provide handoff of care.

Activities Directed by the RN:
  • Feed patient and report intake. Assist with/perform basic hygiene for patient. Assist with toileting. Assist with patient repositioning. Provide for the bedpan or urinal and report output. Ambulate patient. Change linens and tidy the room.

Physical Observations:
  • The Patient Monitor will immediately notify RN of: Changes in the patient's appearance or behavior. Changes in skin color. Change in breathing pattern. Change in level of consciousness or responsiveness, agitation, combativeness, etc. Any behaviors that might represent increasing safety risks. The Patient Monitor must document patient observations and activities on the observation sheet every 15 minutes.


Education Required: High School Diploma or GED, Associate's Degree preferred.

Experience Required: 3 - 5 Years equivalent experience, 6 - 10 Years equivalent experience preferred.