Unit Clerk

Prepare and compile records in the nursing unit of a hospital.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Unit Clerks do?

Prepares and compiles records in nursing unit of hospital or medical facility: Records name of patient, address, and name of attending physician to prepare medical records on new patients. Copies information, such as patient’s temperature, pulse rate, and blood pressure from nurses’ records onto patient’s medical records. Records information, such as physicians’ orders and instructions, dietary requirements, and medication information, on patient charts and medical records. Keeps file of medical records on patients in unit. Prepares notice of patient’s discharge to inform business office. Requisitions supplies designated by nursing staff. Answers telephone and intercom calls and provides information or relays messages to patients and medical staff. Directs visitors to patients’ rooms. Distributes mail, newspapers, and flowers to patients. Compiles census of patients. May keep record of absences and hours worked by unit personnel. May transport patients in wheelchair or conveyance to locations within facility. May key patient information into computer.

Should I be an Unit Clerk?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Health Unit Clerk

    How to become an Unit Clerk

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