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Letting The Health Unit Coordinator Fail (Video)

About five years ago I was working at the desk as a Health Unit Coordinator when the wife of a patient struck up a conversation with me.

She explained to me that she used to be a HUC many years ago and that she had one foolproof way to guarantee job security.

"Don't teach the new HUCs everything that you know." She went on to explain that if the new HUCs didn't know what they were doing, they would get frustrated and quit. Or appear extremely incompetent and get fired.

More overtime for you.

I just sat there and listened to her, but I was thinking to myself, what kind of person do you have to be to want to see another person fail? Especially someone who has bills, possibly a family, or other responsibilities. What kind of person are you?

I’ve never subscribed to that type of thinking. When I train someone new, I want them to know what I know. I encourage them to take notes. I introduced them to other staff members. I want them to become the Mama Bear of their unit. I want them to be so knowledgeable that they get daily compliments from staff and Outsiders. I want them to be missed when they are not there. I want them to stay. I don't want to be training every six months. A unit/department cannot function properly with a high turnover.

I'm probably the most cheerful, helpful and knowledgeable trainer when a new HUC needs to be orientated. And that’s because I don’t subscribe to the same thinking as the patient’s wife.




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The Rise of the PCA/HUC (Video)


There seems to be a trend in hospitals having one person fill two roles. The role is PUC or a PCA/HUC.

This is when you have a person who is a certified Patient Care Attendant who also works as a Health Unit Coordinator. They can answer the telephones, and input orders into the computer They can also place a patient on the bedside commode and check their blood pressure.

Over the years hospitals have attempted to fill the hole left by not having enough HUCs by having the PCAs cross train to answer the telephones and assemble patient's charts.

A simple Google search brings up multiple job openings for part-time PCA/HUC. At the hospital I work for, there is a job posting for a per diem PCA/HUC right now. Usually, these positions are for smaller units like an ICU or areas where they do procedures. Meaning there is a need for a HUC and a need for a PCA, but not both all of the time.

But with this upward trend of PUCs, will those who have only been HUCs be replaced? Or will they soon be required to become certified PCAs in order to keep their jobs?

So far I think the answer is no. But I do think that hospitals will push for those of us who are Health Unit Coordinators only to the bigger floors and have the PUCs do the ICUs and other smaller units.

So tell me, what do you think is going to happen?

Celebrities and the Health Unit Coordinator (Video)




Whether it's a local celebrity or an international superstar,  if they have a medical emergency,  they still need to be treated like everyone else. 

With their information at our fingertips, we need to remember the HIPAA law and patients privacy. 

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Death and the Health Unit Coordinator (Video)




There are some Health Unit Coordinators who see death on a daily basis, a weekly basis, a monthly basis, or every now and then. 

Whatever the case, death is something that all HUCs needs to get used to. Death is apart of life for the Health Unit Coordinator. 

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Steps to Becoming a Health Unit Coordinator (Video)





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I Was Interviewed for Rasmussen College

I was recently interviewed for an article titled Medical Secretaries: Everything You Need To Know About This In-Demand Healthcare Career by Brianna Flavin for Rasmussen College. 

I'm quoted throughout the article about the importance of the Health Unit Coordinator for not only the unit that they work on but for the hospital in general. 

So read, comment on and share this article with a Unit Coordinator that you know. 

And I Made a Vow Not to Take No Shit From No One This Year **New**


Josie had decided that she is not going to put up with the same crap this
school year that she had to deal with last school year.

She is not going to allow her nemesis, Teresa, to continue to spread rumors
and innuendos and get away with it.

Her ex-boyfriend, John, and his friends got another thing coming if they think
a whisper campaign is going to stop her from dating the new boy in school
(or the other boys in the neighborhood).

Charles and his sister, Tamala, are going to have to spend the entire year
chasing Josie if they plan on beating her up.

Read on as Josie shares her day-to-day life with Ramone, Denise, Xavier,
Mia, Richard, Felicity, Kevin, and the rest of the gang and all of the hilarious
antics in Study Hall.

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