J Marie Booklets


Frustration at Work and the Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

Are you frustrated at work? You're not alone. In my eBook, I Hate My Job, But I'm Scared to Leave, I list steps on how to cope.

In the video below, I share some of those tips.


If You Weren't a Health Unit Coordinator, What Would You Be? (Video)

If you were not a Health Unit Coordinator, but still had to work, what would you be?

Or if you won the lottery and did not have to work again, what would you do?

It’s a question that I answer in the video below. 


HIPAA and the Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

HIPAA is something that all Health Unit Coordinators have had drummed into us. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

So even though we all know what HIPAA is, there are two things to be aware of when you are working.

Knowingly violating HIPAA and being asked to violate HIPAA.


Watch the video below.


How to be Proactive as a Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

Below is a list of ways that I’m proactive as a Health Unit Coordinator. Being proactive means acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes. I like to get the small things out of the way so that I can be ready for anything that happens.

*If a patient is coming, I’ll get the chart ready and will fill in the ADT (Admission/Discharge/Transfer) Book as much as I can.

*I’ll make sure all the printers are filled with enough paper.

*I make sure we have enough supplies in the pantry and the breakroom.

*I’ll ask the nurses and PCAs if they need any call placed or supplies ordered.

*I don’t wait until a new alert pops up to check the electronic chart. I stay on top of the new orders all day.

*And finally be constantly aware of what’s going on around the unit. 


Don't Tell Me Who To Vote For. And Don't Threaten Me Either (Video)

Imagine that you're sitting at your work desk listening to gospel music and a person with a little more authority than you comes and sits down next to you.

You've seen this person around the building throughout the years that you've worked there, but you really don't know a lot about them, and they don't know a lot about you. Usually, when you see each other, you exchange hellos or maybe a smile.

“How are you doing?” he asks.

“I'm good,” you reply.

“Why does everyone always say I'm good?”

You smile back at him. “Because I'm good.”

There’s silent for a moment.

“So, are you voting for Trump?” he asks.

You laugh. “I don't discuss politics,” you answer.

“Oh,” he says. “I'm not afraid to say no. No. I'm a Demo. Until I die.” He turns to you. “Don't forget where you come from.”

You smile, but on the inside, you're looking for a polite way to get up and walk away from this conversation.

This, my friend, happens every two years in America to black people who refuse to toe the line.

Is common knowledge that at least 10% of black people vote either Republican or Independent and there are some bold black ‘Demos’ who have it as their mission to hunt that 10% down and get them in check.

That’s why black people who don't toe the line choose not to discuss politics. They stay silent at church when the pastor brings up politics. They remain silent when they're around other family members when they bring up politics. And they stay silent at work when their co-workers bring up politics.

The only time that they're willing to discuss politics with others is when the other person (or people) are eager to have a conversation. No name calling. No put-downs. No shaming. Just agree to disagree if necessary.

Notice in the example above that the guy didn't ask, “Are you voting for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?” He should have just assumed that the person was voting for Hillary or Bernie because they’re black right? But he didn’t. He asked if the person was voting for Trump and I believe it’s because Donald Trump has a lot of people running scared because he's appealing to a lot of different types of voters.

I remember during the 2012 elections all I saw on my Facebook feed was black folks telling other black folks that they needed to vote for Obama because if Romney became president, then America would become like the movie The Hunger Games for all black people.

But I don’t think scare tactics like that are going to fly this time around.

Maintaining the Log/ADT Book as a Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

Keeping and maintaining the ADT (Admission/Discharge/Transfer) book is one of the responsibilities of a Health Unit Coordinator. Properly documenting when a patient arrives or leaves the unit is very important in the patient experience.

It's also good as a backup for the times when the computers go down or if there is an incident and you need to evacuate the building.