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Patient Telesitter

Benefits Eligibility (Employment Type):  Full-time benefits (32-40 hours per week)
Shift Type:  Night
Shift Length:  12 Hours
Primary Location (City):  Bellingham
State:  WA

PeaceHealth is seeking a Patient Telesitter for a 0.9 full time equivalent Non-Exempt position. This position will be working Night shift with shift durations of 12 Hours.

Req ID: 189627 



Under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN) provides continuous remote monitoring and surveillance/observation of assigned patients.  Responsible for verbally redirecting the patient from engaging in at-risk behaviors and summoning the nursing staff if the patient requires assistance. 



  1. Utilizes nursing assistant skills to provide continuous remote monitoring, support and observation of assigned patients through a Telesitter software system.  Coordinates relief when leaving the station, to maintain constant patient observation.
  2. Maintains visual patient observation at all times.  Verbally redirects patient over digital 2-way audio device as needed to ensure patient safety.  Summons nursing staff if the patient requires assistance.
  3. Provides patient with explanations as necessary through monitoring system voice output.  Escalates to clinical staff on unit. 
  4. If patient appears to pose a threat to themselves or others, escalates to clinical staff on the unit.
  5. Ensures patient’s primary language, if other than English, is assigned in system.
  6. Participates in a collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues and ensures patient environment safety.  Seeks assistance with removal of any potential safety hazard from room and reports findings to charge nurse.  Escalates any patient safety hazard identified in room to clinical staff or unit.
  7. Participates in safe patient hand-off at break or change of shift. 
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS  Required unless otherwise stated


  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Successful completion of monitoring equipment class within 1 month of hire.



  • One year of patient care experience, preferably in an acute care setting.



  • Current CNA certification required.
  • Current Basic Life Support certification.



  • Capable of continuous monitoring of multiple patients on one screen at one time and remaining alert at all time while on duty.
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively with patients using a microphone and headset.
  • Ability to communicate with hospital staff and respond quickly to patient behavioral changes.
  • Ability to perform duties requiring prolonged and or extensive sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Ability to use discretion and courtesy when working with patients, visitors, and staff.
  • Efficiency in multitasking, and ability to prioritize simultaneous situations.
  • Proficient computer skills with ability to navigate windows-based environment. 



  • Work requires moderate physical exertion to include prolonged periods of standing from 34% to 65% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 50 lbs. or less.
  • Work requires frequent exposure to minor cold, heat, poor ventilation or sharp instruments; reasonably anticipated exposure to blood and body fluids once per month or more; hazards may include exposure to cleaning chemicals and disinfectants, soiled linens, unknown liquid in trash bags and biohazards (sharps).
  • Duties require the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail (more than 65% of work time).
  • There are ergonomic risks identified for each Environmental Services Technician (EST) assignment.


There may be more than one opening on this posting.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.


About Us

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, WA, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system employing approximately 16,000 caregivers, a multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities in Washington, Oregon, Alaska.  In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, the legacy of its founding Sisters continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. 


Get a feeling for the Spirit of PeaceHealth through this three-minute video, and visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn!  We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, Mission-driven work environment!


To learn more please visit: jobs.peacehealth.org.  Questions? Review our Employment FAQ or email Recruitment@peacehealth.org. Please note this email does not accept resumes or applications.


Location: Bellingham, St. Joseph Medical Center (216)
Job Category:  Allied, Ancillary & Clinical Support 
Shift:  Night
Shift Length: 12 Hours
FTE: 0.9
Work Type:  Full Time
Hourly compensation starts at: $17.08, more depending on experience
Required Certifications/Licensure: Basic Life Support; Certified Nurse Assistant - Washington


PeaceHealth is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran, qualified individual with a disability, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.


The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Nearest Major Market: Bellingham
Nearest Secondary Market: Everett

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