Unit Secretary Salary
|Salary||$20,241 - $42,294|
|Bonus||$0.02 - $2,027|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$22,153 - $38,787|
|Hourly Rate||$10.62 - $17.96|
|Overtime||$3.09 - $26.59|
|Bonus||$0.02 - $2,027|
|Total Pay (||$22,153 - $38,787|
Job Description for Unit Secretary
The unit secretary is responsible for coordinating non-clinical activities on a nursing unit. These duties include processing physician orders and managing communications among the nursing staff, physicians, visitors, patients, and ancillary departments. The unit secretary is also the first point of contact for anyone entering the department looking for patients or staff members, so they must present a professional demeanor at all times.Read More...
A unit secretary must transcribe physician orders accurately and in a timely fashion, and they notify the appropriate staff members of stat orders. They also follow through on completion of all forms, requisitions, and orders required to complete a physician's order; they accomplish this by accurately and completely entering physician orders into the computer.
The unit secretary must be proficient in the use of communication equipment, such as telephones, fax machines, computers, and the nurse "call bell" system. They answer the phones promptly and politely and using age-appropriate communication when speaking to patients and family members; they also help patients find answers to their questions by directing them to the appropriate source.
The unit secretary also maintains patient charts, ensuring they're kept in the proper order and are labeled appropriately. They confirm that the charts have been completed and follow up with necessary staff to complete them as needed. They also ensure that the nursing station is clean and organized and that necessary supplies, such as pens, paper clips, and printer paper are available; they re-order supplies as needed. Unit secretaries also assist in orienting and training new unit secretaries and may be required to assist on other units to help fill staffing shortfall. At all times, they must maintain patient confidentiality in accordance with hospital and HIPAA regulations.
Unit Secretary Tasks
- Act as first contact, communications hub, and receptionist for a medical unit.
- Answer telephones, relay messages, and communicate with patients and physicians.
- Perform administrative and paperwork tasks like admitting patients, requisitioning supplies, and entering orders.
Common Career Paths for Unit Secretary
Unit Secretaries' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse. The average Emergency Room Registered Nurse brings home $61K per year. Career advancement for the typical Unit Secretary often leads to becoming a Registered Nurse or an Administrative Assistant; median salaries in these positions are $27K higher and $3K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Unit Secretary
HCA, Inc., Indiana University (IU) Health, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Baptist Health Systems, and Northside Hospital are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Unit Secretaries. Tenet Healthcare Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $29K.
Popular Skills for Unit Secretary
Survey takers working as Unit Secretaries report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Filing, Order Inventory, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Telemetry and Bilingual. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Typing.
Pay by Experience Level for Unit Secretary
Pay by Experience for a Unit Secretary has a positive trend. An entry-level Unit Secretary with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 690 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Unit Secretary with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 399 salaries. An experienced Unit Secretary which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 434 salaries. A Unit Secretary with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 200 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Unit Secretaries, above-average compensation can be found going east — in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, in particular. Louisville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in St. Louis and 2 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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