2022: Standing Up to Sitter Costs
Use of sitters is sometimes viewed by nurses as a magical response to patient safety needs, absolving them of care responsibilities. Despite its routine and extensive use, there is no clear-cut evidence that continuous one-to-one observation is the only means of providing safe care. This hospital developed a multidisciplinary approach to reducing costs without compromising patient, staff, and unit safety.
Speaker: Beverly Hatch, RN-C, MS
Disclosures: The speaker has no conflict of interest, commercial support, or off-label use to disclose. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Session Length: 45 minutes
Target Audience: RN, APRN
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
1. Analyze cost and usefulness of one-to-one sitters in an inpatient behavioral health setting.
2. Develop the thought processes necessary for consideration of alternatives to one-to-one care.
3. Implement cost effective alternative approaches to provision of a safe environment for psychiatic patients.
Key words: culture change, sitters, safety attendants, fall risk, administration, inpatient
Continuing Nursing Education
0.75 contact hours. * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to the entire session, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post test. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. We cannot award credit unless all steps are completed.
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Thursday, October 20, 2011: 10:10am – 10:55am
APNA 25th Annual Conference
Release Date: January 25, 2012
The contact hours for this session expire: January 31, 2014