Nursing Unit Clerk

  • Delivery Method: In-Class
  • Duration: 40 weeks, including a 6-week practicum
  • Starts: Three times per year (January, May and September)
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Wages: start at $22.23/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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Financing Your Education

You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.

Student Stories

Read stories from our students and grads about their experience with the Nursing Unit Clerk program at Stenberg.

Mumta Karra

Mumta’s caring nature, coupled with strong organizational skills and the ability to take charge in chaotic situations led her to Stenberg’s Nursing Unit Clerk program. “Health care runs in my family,” said Mumta. “My dad was a doctor in India for ten years, while my mom worked as a Registered Nurse at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) for over 20 years. As a child and a teenager, I had thought about becoming a nurse, which I felt would suit my personality, as I am a naturally assertive and outgoing person.”

After several years of working in retail and taking courses at various educational institutions throughout the Lower Mainland, Mumta knew she wanted to enter the healthcare field, but was discouraged by the long wait lists for nursing programs. “I thought, ‘what’s the next closest thing I can do?’ ”

After a recommendation from a friend, Mumta inquired at Stenberg, and found that the Nursing Unit Clerk program was starting in two weeks. “I handed in my two weeks notice that day and enrolled in the Nursing Unit Clerk program.”

Mumta excelled in the program, maintained a 95% GPA, and was fortunate enough to receive a practicum placement at VGH, her first choice host site. After impressing her practicum supervisor with her “enthusiasm and passion,” Mumta was offered a permanent position at the hospital during her final week of practicum. “I was crying so much when I found out,” Mumta recalls.

“Stenberg gave me my confidence back. I started to develop ambitions again and be inspired again and start dreaming again. I had lost that for so many years.”

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