The Rise of the PCA/HUC

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?
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