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What Is The Most Commonly Used Medical Terminology? (Video)

 What do you think is the most commonly used medical terminology?

Do Unit Secretaries Float to Other Floors A Lot? (Video)

 So, I was asked a question on my YouTube channel (don't forget to subscribe!) about whether or not Unit Secretaries float to other units a lot or do they remain on their unit.

My answer?

It depends.

2 More Tips for the New Unit Secretary (Video)

I made a video a while ago titled 3 Tips for the New Unit Secretary, where I explained that you should take good notes, understand that there are a lot of personalities in the hospital, and know that burnout may happen.

In this video, I added two more tips, and one of them is still to take good notes! The other is to be time. 

Watch the video above to find out why.

What Is It Like Working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as a Unit Secretary?


What is it like working in an ICU? There are different types of ICUs. You have the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit), and the regular ICU (Intensive Care Unit). 

What type of patients will you see?
  • Patients who had Heart Attacks.
  • Patients who have had surgery (not all, most can go back to a regular unit once they are out of recovery). 
  • Patients who had an organ transplant.
  • Patients who have died and the body are kept alive to allow their organs to be used for donation. 
  • Patients who have drowned.
  • Patients in comas (intubated).
  • Patients who have internal bleeding, whether it's GI (gastrointestinal) related or a possible aneurysm. 
  • And more...
But no matter what type of ICU it is, the patients are all in the same boat. They are in critical condition, and they need more medical attention.

    You will see the representatives from Hospice more, as a patient in ICU is more likely to go to Hospice than a patient on the Med/Surg (Medical/Surgical) unit. 
    You will see the EEG tech more as they perform tests to see what brain activity a patient may have (this would not be for all patients, only those where the brain activity may be called into question).  
  You will see the Case Manager or Social Worker more as they will be involved in arranging home health care, rehabilitation, order Durable Medical Equipment, etc. 
    To find out what else to expect in the ICU, watch the video above. 

What Is It Like Working the Night Shift as a Unit Secretary?

New unit secretaries want to know what it is like working the night shift. It's different from working the day shift. Night shift has its own flow and style, and I'll tell you what you might experience if you choose to work this shift.

  • The staff has a different vibe. They are wide-eyed, smelling good, and ready to work.
  • The unit secretary may be required to run down to the cafeteria and get food from the grill for the patients who arrive on the unit from the emergency room (at the change of shift) when dietary is closed.
  • The unit is usually much quieter once visiting hours are over. You will deal with patients, friends, families, and doctors, but not on the level of what the day shift deals with.
  • When the computers go down, you will not panic because you will know how to keep the unit running. Most computer systems are updated in the middle of the night, so you will be much more familiar with sending lab requests and ordering tests from radiology using the downtime form better than the secretaries who work the day shift.
  • Some night shift secretaries do not call in consults, which I will never understand. They will wait until the days shift secretary comes in and have them do it. Or they will call in all of the consults closer to the change of shift.
Do you work the night shift as a unit secretary? What have I left out? Put the answer in the comment section.

What Is It Like Working the Day Shift as a Unit Secretary?


A lot of new Unit Secretaries always want to know what it is like working the day shift. It's busier than the night shift, and there will be things that you will do that night shift will not. 

  • You will check and/or enter doctor orders into the computer. 
  • You will be there when Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are served to the patients. You will call and order food trays.
  • Patients will go off the floor for tests, procedures, and surgeries, so there will be many patients returning to or transferring off of your unit.
  • You will have admissions from the Emergency Room, direct admissions from the doctor's office (it happens, just not a lot). 
  • Housekeepers will ask you which patients are being discharged (or have the possibility to be discharged) so that they can strategize which rooms to clean or not clean. It makes no sense for them to clean room 3110 at 10am if they will be discharged when the admitting doctor makes their rounds in an hour. The physician will put the discharge order in, and the patient will leave by 1pm. The housekeep will just clean the room when the patient leaves. 
  • You will discharge patients home, or to an SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility), or to a Rehabilitation Facility, or to an acute long term facility, or to a Hospice Facility, or to another hospital, or God forbid, you will discharge them to the morgue (the funeral home).
  • Supplies will be delivered on your shift, whether it's from Office Depot/Staples, or
  • the hospital warehouse. 
  • You will have a constant flow of patients, family, friends, visitors at the nursing station asking questions. 
  • And of course, you will have to answer the telephones and call lights. 

So, watch the video above.