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Catholic Health Initiatives Patient Companion in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Patient Companion

CHI Health Mercy Council BluffsCouncil Bluffs, Iowa

Requisition ID 2022-276154 Employment Type PRN Department Float Pool - Non-Nursing Hours/Pay Period .01 Shift Day Weekly Schedule Flexible, must work minimum of 36 hours within a 6 week period Remote No Category Nurse Assistant


Do you want to be part of a team where quality care, respectful treatment of all patients, and compassion for others are the norm? That’s what you’ll find when you join the team at Mercy Council Bluffs; challenging, rewarding work every day alongside people who have as much compassion as you.

CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


The Patient Companion, under the direction of a Licensed Practitioner, assists in providing a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient who requires close monitoring and/or may be confused, impulsive, or at risk for injury. The Patient Companion will follow assigned duties and responsibilities as directed by the Registered Nurse and in alignment with CHI Health policy and procedures. Provides services which encompass the spiritual, physiological, social, and psychological aspects of care of the sick, prevention of disease, or conservation of health. The position contributes to the mission and core values of CHI Health.


  1. Patient Companion is an assigned staff member whose purpose is to ensure the safety of the patient.

  2. Under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse, participates in providing a safe and therapeutic environment for the patient who is confused, impulsive, unable to perform teach back, unable to understand, or at risk for self-harm or injury.

  3. Documents per policy in the healthcare record.

  4. Demonstrates personal and professional responsibility for ongoing development, practice, and education. Maintains a safe work environment. Fosters a collaborative environment in support of the patient care.

  5. Sets priorities for response and communicates with appropriate personnel.

  6. Responds appropriately in emergency situations as support for clinical staff.


Required Education: Does Not Apply

Required Licensure & Certifications:

BLS within 14 days of employment start date.

Mandatory Adult/Child Abuse Reporting. APS – IA & NE within 6 months of employment start date.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Physical and mental health, emotional maturity and interpersonal competence. Demonstrated ability to effect planned change in a positive manner. Able to work with an interdisciplinary team. Able to appropriately resolve conflict and crisis situations. Knowledge of critical thinking skills, verbal and written communication skills, technical/computer skills, attention to detail, customer service skills, adaptability, maintain confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications:

One year of experience in the Behavioral Health or Human Service field or Nurse Aide training is preferred. Will consider current nursing students or students studying a Human Services field.


Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to

a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender

identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status,

ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected

by law. For more information about your EEO rights as an applicant,

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CommonSpirit Health™ will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

External hires must pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CommonSpirit Health™ participates in E-Verify.