Unit Secretary - 6F – Observation

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Altoona, PA
Job Description

Job Title: Unit Secretary - 6F – Observation

Job ID: 683144

Status: Part-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Hours: Evening with Rotation

Shift: Evening Job

Facility: UPMC Altoona

Department: 6F Nursing Observation

Location: , Altoona PA


Part Time - Evening with Rotation

This is a union (AFSCME) position

Posted: 4/11/2018


Provides indirect patient care in the medical/surgical setting. Meets the communication needs of the patient/family, departmental staff and medical staff. Prepares and compiles records in the nursing unit. Initiates directions from physician and nursing staff. Participates in performance improvement activities. Maintains regulatory agency requirements, nursing and hospital policies and procedures and standards.


* Answers the telephone promptly and courteously and maintains free-flowing and accurate communications. Takes and delivers messages in a timely manner.

* Assembles and records patient information on charts, files, laboratory and x-ray reports on patient charts, checks discharge charts for completeness.

* Assists during emergencies such as crisis on the unit, cardiac arrest, disaster, etc. by thorough knowledge of own role.

* Assures the delivery of the interdepartmental mail and patients' mail and flowers by alerting them of the arrival.

* Attends unit staff meetings.

* Completes ongoing age-specific competency validation via defined mechanisms.

* Functions as unit receptionist and coordinates clerical tasks essential to the operation of the unit.

* Greets and assists patients, families, visitors, co-workers, physicians, and other Hospital personnel. Responsible for unlocking and securing door to unit on arrival of same and registering visitors.

* Maintains a satisfactory physical environment for the patient by reporting potential safety hazards and needed repairs to appropriate personnel.

* Maintains patient records including labeling, incorporating appropriate forms, ensuring completion, overseeing general appearance, and monitoring their location.

* Obtains information for records and assists in transfer of patients by preparing records for other facilities.

* Processes requests for patient services from other departments as required.

* Responsible for ordering all forms, keeping them up to date and distributing as needed.

* Supports unit based Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) activities by actively participating in the CPI Process.

* Understands the special needs of consumers with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse) and utilizes appropriate assessment and intervention techniques


Education and Formal Training Required: Must have a high school graduate, plus completion of formal basic computer courses and formal medical terminology course OR must have comparable experience as a unit secretary or medical office secretary. Must satisfactorily pass the medical terminology exam administered by the Education Department of Altoona Regional Health System within the orientation period.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

* Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities Salary Range: $0 to $11.92

Union Position: Yes

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