Nursing unit clerk
Are you up for a truly challenging career in the healthcare field? Consider becoming a Nursing Unit Clerk.
The Nursing Unit Clerk position was created during World War II out of need to relieve nursing staff of the many administrative duties associated with providing patient care. This allowed the nurse more time at the bedside. Nursing Unit Clerks, originally known as ward 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.
The Stenberg College Nursing Unit Clerk Diploma Program will provide you all the skills necessary for employment as a Unit Clerk in a British Columbia hospital, including software program training. Our graduates are highly regarded and have found employment throughout the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health Regions, as well as within other provincial health authorities.
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The Stenberg College Nursing Unit Clerk Program prepares graduates to:
Typical Job Duties
Most Nursing Unit Clerks work in hospitals, assisting staff by performing a wide range of clerical tasks to ensure the efficient operation of the hospital unit.
The following are examples of some typical job duties:
The work can be stressful. You'll be expected to juggle a variety of tasks, so you'll need the ability to work under pressure and work with minimal supervision. You should also be able to take initiative, prioritize, and meet deadlines.
Part of your job will require interacting with patients' and visitors. Therefore, you'll need to demonstrate the ability to deal tactfully and professionally with patients, staff, and co-workers. You will also need to maintain confidentiality and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
As a Nursing Unit Clerk, you could find opportunities for employment in a:
Wages and Career Outlook
Career outlook is steady throughout the health regions in British Columbia. The Nursing Unit Clerk is an integral part of the healthcare team. Skilled Nursing Unit Clerks who meet employment-testing requirements continue to find work in various facilities.
In British Columbia, wages are negotiated by the Hospital Employees Union as outlined in the collective agreement. Based on employment statistics gathered by Stenberg College, the average wage of students who completed the Nursing Unit Clerk program and are working as casual employees in their field of study is $21.19 per hour, plus 12.2 percent 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. Please see the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators for more details.
The following list shows some other sources for career research. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but it is a place to start:
Is This Program for You?
It is if you:
Program Entrance Requirements
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:
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
Duration and Financing
Duration: 40 weeks including a practicum
Financing: You could be eligible for ELMS funding, government student loans and other financing options; the Stenberg College Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.