Unit Clerk Job Overview Unit clerks play an essential role in the delivery of patient care. They support the ...
Unit Clerk Job Overview
Unit clerks play an essential role in the delivery of patient care. They support the activities of the healthcare and treatment professionals and act as a point of information and contact for patients and their families. Unit clerks work in a variety of healthcare facilities, from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to outpatient treatment centres. Unit clerks may act as hospital schedulers and switchboard operators in addition to their other duties. Typical tasks those in unit clerk jobs may perform on a daily basis include:
- Answering phones and taking messages
- Scheduling tests and procedures for patients
- Compiling and organising various patient records and forms
- Transcribing physician notes and recording orders for diagnostic procedures
- Assisting in non-clinical patient care tasks similar to those of nursing assistants
Unit Clerk Job Education Requirements
Unit clerks are an unregulated profession and do not require specific certification or post-secondary education. Unit clerks are required to possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED or ACE). Education and training in secretarial and office skills, as well as coursework in medical terminology, are useful credentials for securing a position as a unit clerk. Experiences with Microsoft Office and data entry are also helpful. Applicants are required to pass a police security clearance.
Unit Clerk Job Market
The employment outlook for unit clerks is expected to be above average through 2018, growing at a rate of 2 percent per year. Factors affecting the unit clerk job market, and the healthcare industry in general, include an aging population and advances in medical science.
Unit Clerk Job Salary Information
The median hourly wage for unit clerk jobs in 2014 was C$20.00. The average annual salary range for unit clerks was C$30,000 to C$54,000. Factors that influence pay rates for unit clerks include training in medical terminology, unionised work environment, and geographical location. Salaries are 16 percent higher than average in Calgary and 19 percent lower in Winnipeg.