J Marie Booklets

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.

Who Do You Call When Something Needs to Be Fixed? (Video)

Who do you call when the toilet is overflowing in a patient's room? Who do you call when the call light won't stop dinging? Who do you call when a cabinet door is hanging on for dear life?

These are all things that you'll need to know as a Health Unit Coordinator.

How to Be "Damn Near Perfect" as a Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

Do you want to be damn near perfect....like me?

I recently had my evaluation done and was told that as a Health Unit Coordinator I was 'damn near perfect'.

I answered, “I know.”

I take my job seriously because we are all supposed to be there to care for our patients – who are also our neighbors.

That's my goal and it should be yours also.

Learning to Ask for Help as a Health Unit Coordinator (Video)

The quickest way to fail as a Health Unit Coordinator is to not ask for help. You can work for a company for 20 years and still not know everything. That’s the reason why you must learn to ask for help.

Let me give you an example. Let’s say a doctor gives a nurse a verbal order for an x-ray procedure. The nurse comes to you and asks you to help her put the order in. You both spend five minutes trying to put the correct order in, but neither one of you can find it.

So, what should you do? 

The answer is to call the Radiology department and ask them how to order that specific test.

Now see that wasn’t hard now, was it.