Showing posts with label PCA/HUC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PCA/HUC. Show all posts

PCA/Unit Secretary Job Requirement (Video)



The PCA/Unit Secretary position is a hybrid of two positions. It combines the duties and responsibilities of both the PCA and the Unit Secretary.

In this video, I'll explain what the PCA/Unit Secretary does.


CNA to Unit Secretary: That Awkward Phase (Video)


I’ve seen these three scenarios play out repeatedly. 

·       A CNA/PCA becomes a fulltime Unit Secretary
·       A CNA/PCA gets cross-trained to work as a Unit Secretary
·      A CNA/Nurse Intern finishes nursing school and works as a Unit Secretary until they take and pass their boards.

This is an awkward phase for the CNA, and I’ll explain why in this video.  

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. There is a job posting for a per diem PCA/HUC at the hospital I work for 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 to keep their jobs?

So far, I think the answer is no. But I believe that hospitals will push 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?