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Patient Safety Attendant (Buffalo, MN)
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Job code: lhw-e0-90627669

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  Job posted:   Thu Jun 7, 2018
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Patient Safety Attendant (Buffalo, MN)
Patient Safety Attendant (Buffalo, MN)

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Physical Location

Buffalo, Minnesota

Posted Date


Dept. Name

Staffing Office and Float Pool

Hours Per Week



Buffalo L113 Service Workers


Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 16 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Allina Health is a vibrant, growing organization with opportunities to suit your professional skills and a diverse work environment to match your specific interests. We believe employees are our greatest asset and are dedicated to helping you develop and maximize your professional skills.

Buffalo Hospital, located on the western edge of the Twin Cities metro area in Buffalo, Minn., offers high quality, personal care in private rooms and provides many specialty services, including the Birth Center, Cardiac Center, Emergency Services, Sleep Center, Phillips Eye Institute, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation InstituteTM and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.


Req ID: 45812

Principal Duties

Frequency Used


The PSA observes patient under the supervision and direction of a RN to protect patient's safety.





Provides monitoring and observation to protect patient's safety

Requests immediate attention from the patient care staff to secure patient's safety

Notify RN IMMEDIATELY if you observe any of the following:

Shortness of breath

Increased or decreasing breathing rate

Patient complaints of pain

New cough or an increase in coughing

Complaints of chills, nausea or vomiting

Increased thirst

Changes in skin color

New drainage from any body orifice

Urine-color, odor and amount - do not empty urinals or hats

Patient is displaying new aggression or violence

Patient is attempting to harm self or others

Call for help IMMEDIATELY if the patient:

Attempts harm to self or others

Displays unanticipated aggressive behavior

Displays any change in medical condition or mental status

Report chest pain immediately!!

Reinforce the need to stay in bed

May assist with meals.

Provide pillow, blankets, or beverages upon request (and if appropriate).

Engage the patient in diversion activities: conversation, read to patient, play games and provide companionship

Provides quality patient care based on individual treatment plan.





Safety precautions are consistently utilized when interacting with patients

Carries code green button on self at all times

For the care of the mental health patient:

Observes patient is free from objects of harm or ligature and is breathing, random checks will be performed at intervals <= 15 minute apart and documents on paper form

Monitors patient safety in close proximity (1:1) if deemed necessary by the provider and RN

Checks environmental safety checklist one time per shift

Actively participates in unit milieu and utilizes partnership skills to enhance collaboration.





Discusses patient activities with RN including use of cool down cupboard, Chaplin consult, or community engagement and wellness consult

Functions safely in crisis situation by calling overhead code green and vacating the area

Participates in identifying/solving department and unit performance improvement issues

Safe work practices are encouraged and demonstrated to prevent injury to self, peers, and/or patients

PSA should attempt to deter patient from harm.





Call for help IMMEDIATELY if the patient:

Attempts harm to self or others

Displays unanticipated aggressive behavior

Provides excellent customer service to patient, family and medical staff.





Communication Techniques:

Call the patient by their preferred name

Communicate with patient what care you will be providing

Talk at eye level when possible

Use a calm, reassuring voice with the patient

Reorientation to time and place

Distraction--TV, reminiscence, for example, current events, trivia, magazines, games, cards if available.

Do not discuss your personal information, argue or give advice

FOCUS ON THE PATIENT: do not read or watch TV when the patient is awake

If the patient is hard of hearing, speak clearly, face the patient, do not yell at the patient

All other duties as assigned and deemed appropriate.





Patient Safety Attendant can ASSIST with care giving skills such as: turning the patient, linen change when the staff member asks you for assistance

Patient Safety Attendant may conduct visitor screening

Patient Safety Attendant is NOT expected to give nursing care

All other duties as assigned and deemed appropriate


High school diploma or equivalent.


+ Previous hospital experience preferred

+ Excellent customer service skills

+ Basic verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

+ Ability to follow directions

+ Must be able to stand/sit for prolonged periods of time

+ Maintain a high degree of integrity and confidentiality with sensitive information

+ Must maintain self control, both verbal and physical under stressful situations

+ May be asked to assist with lifting or restroom break (under supervisor direction

Work Schedule

20 hour per week

Evening eight hour shifts during the week and eight hour shifts every other weekend.

Location/Community Information

Located 35 minutes from Minneapolis or St. Cloud, the city of Buffalo lies at the intersection of two major highways and on two major recreational lakes, Buffalo Lake and Lake Pulaski. Quality education is very important to Buffalo residents, and it is one of the reasons many young parents are attracted to the Buffalo area. During the past 15 years, Buffalo has experienced enormous growth and development. This community offers both residents and guests a perfect mixture of modern conveniences and small town life. Although much has changed, Buffalo has retained its quaint feel and charm of the past


+ Located 35 miles Northwest of Minneapolis

+ Population = 15,000

+ Service Area = 123,500

Community Resource Links:

Community Information School Digger

Explore Minnesota MN Dept of Education

Minneapolis St. Paul MagazineSt. Paul Pioneer Press

Twin Cities Living MagazineStar Tribune


If you are interested in becoming part of our award winning team of professionals, please apply online today. Allina Health is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities to all employees and applicants. EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer.

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