Nursing Unit Clerk
Are you organized, detail-oriented and professional? If this sounds like you, consider a career as a Nursing Unit Clerk. Nursing Unit Clerks act as the heart of a health care unit by maintaining the pulse.
Delivery Method: In-Class
Duration: 40 weeks, including a 6-week practicum
Starts: Three times per year (January, May and September)
Wages: start at $21.82/hour (+12.2% in lieu of benefits)
Are you organized, detail-oriented and professional? If this sounds like you, consider a career as a Nursing Unit Clerk. Nursing Unit Clerks act as the heart of a health care unit by maintaining the pulse. They direct resources, communicate with patients, nurses and doctors, and ensure urgent tasks are completed efficiently. A Nursing Unit Clerk must be able to multitask, work in a fast-paced environment, and possess strong communication skills.
Nursing Unit Clerks act as the anchors of patient care departments. The Nursing Unit Clerk focus is on the non-clinical tasks of the department, and delivering and communicating the physician’s orders with the nursing staff and the other departments (laboratory, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, dietary, and therapies).
Depending on the health care environment, Nursing Unit Clerks may also be referred to as Nursing Unit Coordinators, Nursing Unit Assistants or Health Unit Coordinators.
PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for both public and private institutions.
All of our programs are developed in collaboration with industry to meet their needs which is why our graduates are so successful.
Over 92% of our graduates are employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation.
Based on employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the wage graduates of Stenberg’s Nursing Unit Clerks can expect to earn is $21.82 per hour (+12.2% in lieu of benefits).
A Nursing Unit Clerk graduating from Stenberg College is qualified for employment in other provinces within Canada. As a graduate, you will also be able to seek a professional designation in the United States as a Certified Health Unit Coordinator.
- Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
- Passing Stenberg College entrance examination
- Successful completion of a short written essay
- Passing Verbal Test of English (if English is a Second Language)
- Passing Stenberg College entrance interview
- Certified five minute keyboarding test with a typing speed of 25 gross words per minute or higher with a maximum of 5 errors
- Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act
Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, students will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:
- Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
- Proof of Immunity Status as required by industry
- Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician
NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; students will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements.
- Orientation and Student Success Skills
- Keyboarding & Computer Fundamentals
- Medical Terminology & Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
- Hospital Unit Communications
- Admissions, Transfers & Discharges
- Medication Order Transcription
- Lab Order Transcription
- Surgical Order Transcription
- Diagnostic Order Transcription
- Career Search Strategies
- Consolidated Practice Experience
- Program Review
Orientation and Student Success Skills
This course will provide a comprehensive orientation to Stenberg College and the program in which you are enrolled. As with all new things, there will be some challenges and excitement; this course, will explore transitioning as a college student, review learning styles, enhance critical thinking, and will familiarize you with the resources available for your use. Your will cover student success skills, learning effective study habits, based on your own personal learning style, while improving both reading and writing skills. Life skills exercises are also integral to the course, teaching communication, accountability, teamwork, self-awareness and building an understanding of the impact you have on others.
Keyboarding & Computer Fundamentals
This course is designed to provide you with a detailed introduction to correct typing technique and the computer skills required to work in a fast-paced environment. Throughout the course, you will use a simulated program to improve proficiency with the Internet, Windows environment, and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). You will also focus on the development and maintenance of accurate keyboarding skills and work to maintain the minimum typing requirement set by the program.
Medical Terminology & Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
This intensive, fast paced course is an introduction to the world of medical terminology and is designed to provide the foundation for all subsequent courses. You’ll become familiar with various medical word parts, become fluent in the pronunciation and spelling of these parts, and become proficient with the building and breaking down of medical terms to determine meaning. It’s essential for all healthcare professionals to be able to function effectively and safely in a medical environment; therefore, you must be competent and accurate in the use of medical terminology on the job. You will then move on to cover body systems and sense organs. Teaching about each system will include: an overview of that system’s general function; system parts, their specific function and location; relationship with other systems; and common pathologies including lab and diagnostic tests, signs and symptoms and prognosis of those pathologies.
Hospital Unit Communications
You’ll identify and learn how to use all communication devices in an acute care hospital, exploring principles of communication and engaging in skill practice. Patient confidentiality will be emphasized.
Admissions, Transfers & Discharges
You’ll learn the skills and knowledge necessary to compile and maintain a patient’s chart, and to understand the legal and ethical guidelines that influence its use. You’ll understand and practice procedures for performing and managing patient admissions, transfers, and discharges in an acute care hospital setting.
This course will introduce you to pharmaceutical terms and regulations that govern the drug industry. You’ll gain the knowledge necessary to communicate information between patients, pharmacists and physicians. Emphasis is on the classifications, spelling, and pronunciation of the most commonly ordered prescription medications. The study of related abbreviations, symbols, routes of administration and systems of measurement used in prescriptions will also be discussed.
Medication Order Transcription
In this course you will develop skills focusing on the knowledge and practice of procedures required to process orders for medications, intravascular therapy, and total parenteral nutrition in an acute care hospital setting.
Lab Order Transcription
You’ll gain extensive knowledge of frequently ordered laboratory tests. You’ll also learn the fundamentals of lab order processing and will be able to identify the requisitions needed to request a broad number of laboratory tests, as well as any additional information needed for the correct completion of various tests.
Surgical Order Transcription
This course will provide you with the skills necessary to process surgical orders in an acute care hospital setting. You’ll also gain knowledge of a variety of surgical orders. Emphasis will be on preparing the patient chart for the operating room and completing post-operative orders accurately and in a timely manner.
Diagnostic Order Transcription
In this course you’ll build your skill in diagnostic order transcription. You will come to understand the processes, perform the procedures, and fulfill the orders that go to diagnostic imaging, X-ray, CAT scan, and ultrasound. You’ll be able to identify what needs to be done to prepare a patient for a variety of tests, and which tests require a consent form.
Career Search Strategies
This course is offered in combined online and classroom delivery format. Students learn to network effectively (online and in person), to search and apply for jobs and to prepare targeted resumes and cover letters. Students are also provided with coaching and individualized instructor feedback on their resume, cover letter and interview skills.
Consolidated Practice Experience
In this course you will have an opportunity to practice the skills learned in the Nursing Unit Clerk classroom, and to further develop and master those skills, you will participate in a practice experience within one or more health authority hospital units. This practicum will provide you with experiences that will refine your skills to the level of competency required to work in an acute care hospital setting.
This module begins with a post-practicum debriefing and discussion of individual student experiences. It will also focus on skills to prepare students for job interviews and employment testing by reviewing medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, order transcription theory and abbreviations.
WHMIS provides information about materials in the workplace that can be hazardous, such as cleaning agents, compressed gases and flammable materials. Becoming WHMIS certified will demonstrate the ability to identify hazardous materials and handle them properly.
Personal & Professional Development Skills Certificate
The Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Skills Certificate is a self-directed, online certificate that enhances students’ soft skills. The six PPD workshops cover Professionalism, Quality Service, Feedback, Diverse Teams, Conflict Resolution and Leadership. Together, these workshops prepare students to effectively approach and resolve real life situations.
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