Safety Observation Specialist

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Rotating - 08 Hour (United States of America)

Under general supervision, the L5 Safety Observation Specialist (SOS) will perform near continuous video monitoring of and ensure that EEG (brain wave) tracings are being continuously recorded for patients on the inpatient epilepsy unit at SHC. The SOS ensures that they record information about seizures experienced by patients and immediately notify the Nursing Staff of any health endangering emergencies to ensure the safety of patients during and post seizure activity. The SOS will also notify a nurse or EEG Tech if there is a need to reattach or position the electrodes to patients being monitored. The SOS will communicate with the epilepsy patients via intercom to obtain information, and may occasionally collect additional data as requested. The SOS will also perform related and incidental duties as assigned.

The Safety Observation Specialist is also responsible for monitoring cameras of patients identified as health safety risks in both 300P and 500P and will respond to alarms when triggered by alerting nursing staff of situation. SOS notifies nursing staff of health-endangering emergences to ensure safety of patients during and after traumatic episodes and keeps staff informed of attachment and functionality of monitoring equipment. SOS is responsible for patient data collection, communications, and notifying appropriate staff of potential problems.

SOS performs near-continuous video monitoring in the Neuro department and ensures that EEG (brain wave) tracings are being continuously recorded for patients on the inpatient epilepsy unit at SHC. SOS ensures that they record information about seizures experienced by patients and immediately notify the nursing staff of any health-endangering emergencies to ensure the safety of patients during and post seizure activity. SOS also notifies a nurse or EEG tech if there is a need to reattach or position the electrodes to patients being monitored. This position will communicate with the epilepsy patients to obtain information and may occasionally collect additional data as requested.

Essential Functions

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission requirements including, but not limited to, sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patients' rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must be able to successfully complete competencies for position within the designated probationary period
  • Ensures complete visualization of the patient via remote monitoring equipment.
  • Notifies RN or Charge RN of changes in patient status observed on Central Station.
  • Obtains instructions via the RN regarding ambulation limitations and course of action for redirection of patient if needed.
  • Maintains awareness of safety at all times and promptly calls for assistance as needed.
  • Obtains verbal report from the patient's nurse to include information regarding the patient's identified
  • care needs, diagnosis, visual, auditory, or language barriers as well as any special considerations (bed alarms, etc.)
  • Reports safety concerns or defective equipment.
  • Documents observations and disperses team communication in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Completes observation reports at established interval.
  • Takes initiative in compassionately rendering service or responding to needs. Applies principles of caring and healing with patients and families and with colleagues.
  • Complies with all hospital rules, regulations and standards.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Stanford Health Care's Commitment to Providing an Exceptional Patient and Family Experience

Stanford Health Care sets a high standard for delivering value and an exceptional experience for our patients and families. Candidates for employment and existing employees must adopt and execute C-I-CARE standards for all of patients, families and towards each other. C-I-CARE is the foundation of Stanford's patient-experience and represents a framework for patient-centered interactions. Simply put, we do what it takes to enable and empower patients and families to focus on health, healing and recovery.

You will do this by executing against our three experience pillars, from the patient and family's perspective:
  • Know Me: Anticipate my needs and status to deliver effective care
  • Show Me the Way: Guide and prompt my actions to arrive at better outcomes and better health
  • Coordinate for Me: Own the complexity of my care through coordination

Minimum Qualifications

Education Required:


High School Diploma, GED or equivalent required.

Experience Required:


Two (2) years' experience working in healthcare environment OR Any combination of education and experience as noted.


Required: N/A

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.
  • Ability to demonstrate, understand, and use applicable medical terminology.
  • Proficient in Voalte communications and other technology to communicate with the patient care teams.
  • Ability to navigate through software programs and computer systems.
  • Ability to record and document events for purposes of treatment by patient care team.
  • Ability to apply assessment skills and identify patient intervention opportunities.
  • Ability to accurately document, capture and communicate changes in patient conditions to appropriate staff.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work tactfully and effectively with patients, visitors, physicians, co-workers and other hospital staff.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member and contribute positively towards the goals of the team and the organization.
  • Ability to read, speak, write, understand and follow English verbal and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Ability to identify safety risks and communicate the need to escalate assistance to/for the patient.

Equal Opportunity Employer Stanford Health Care (SHC) strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, SHC does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements.