Health unit coordinators, or unit secretaries, assist in maintaining patient and unit records, ordering supplies, transcribing orders, coordinating patient activities for the unit and serving as liaisons between staff, patients and visitors.
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Health unit coordinators work in health care settings such as hospitals units, clinics, public health care agencies, or nursing homes. They serve as the communications link among departments, physicians, nursing staff and patients and visitors. They may work with computers. They may work full or part-time, day, evening or night shifts.
High school students should study health, computer courses, biology and chemistry. Formal training is required, usually through a six-month to one-year program at a community or vocational-technical college.
Gateway Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College
American Health Information Management Association
233 N. Michigan Ave., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601-5809
312/233-1100 or 800/335-5535
National Association of Health Unit Coordinators
1947 Madron Road
Rockford, IL, 61107-1716
815-633-4351 or 888-22-NAHUC (62482)
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