This program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, practical experience and certification required to be hired as an entry level Nursing Unit Clerk or Hospital Unit Coordinator.
Developing the knowledge and skills needed to work in a hospital setting are an integral part of the program.
A Nursing Unit Clerk is a valued member of the professional health care team. Nursing Unit Clerks work at the nurses' station in health care facilities and coordinate the non-clinical activities related to patient care. Nursing Unit Clerks are responsible for:
- Coordinating the activities and workload of a patient care unit
- Serving as the communication link between staff, patients, visitors, service departments, and outside hospitals and agencies
- Transcribing doctors' orders into computer systems and paper files
- Scheduling diagnostic tests, diagnostic procedures and treatments for patients
- Managing patient charts including admission, transfer and discharge
- Managing and ordering unit supplies, equipment and services for the unit
- Operating the unit communication systems – telephone, computer, intercom, pager, imprinter and conveyor system
- Orienting new personnel to the unit
Employment may be found in Acute care Hospitals, Extended Care Hospitals, Rehabilitations Hospitals, Health Care Agencies, Nursing homes, and Medical Walk-In Clinics.
Prospective Student Profile
- Strong administrative and organizational skills
- Solid keyboarding and computer skills
- Self-motivated with a strong sense of responsibility
- Ability to solve problems logically using critical thinking skills
- Multitasking skills
- Able to complete detailed tasks with accuracy while working in a busy environment
- Exercises a high degree of ethics and maintains confidentiality of patient information
- Good team worker who is professional and respectful with co-workers and the public
- Professional in appearance
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills