Health Unit Coordinator in a Long Term Care Facility
Health Unit Coordinator (Current Employee) – West Saint Paul, MN – January 21, 2017
I come into work at 10:00 am and work until 6:30 pm. I check the email as a source of the communication of how we find out what is happening in the facilty. Admissions, dicharges, transfers or any change of status these are the items in the emails that I check for. The Admissions clerk will email the Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) to let her know if there is an admission coming to the unit that she is working on. Therefore we must check our email frequently during the day. Next I print out a new Alpha Census for the facility and post it where only staff can see it or review it. Then I go to my 3 units to see if there are any new orders written by MD, NP or Nurses. If there are new orders I transcribe them into the computer. The nurses sign off the orders in the computer. Maintaining records are a big part of my position. Answering telephone, faxing orders to the pharmacy, scanning lab results, setting up appointments and transportation for the residents these are all necessary components of my position.
We have a very diversified group of employees. You can walk down the hall from one unit to another and hear several different languages. To me this is a plus for working. I may not understand what the other employees are saying but I just know it is easier for them to communicate in their own languages than in English.
The hardest part of my job is setting up transportation for the residents.
The most enjoyable part is making sure the residents are getting all that the need.
Sometimes all of the orders that come in at one time it can be overwhelming.