What Is A HUC/CNA, In Reference To Hospital Employment ?


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Sarah Devine Profile
Sarah Devine answered
HUC refers to Health Unit Coordinator. They are people that help maintain a health care facility's service and performance.

HUCs are specially trained individuals and may also be referred to as unit clerks, ward clerks, or unit secretaries. Tasks that are usually performed by HUCs are, maintaining patient charts and records, ordering supplies, communicating with the dietary department, preparing special documents (such as birth and death certificates) and coordinating patient activities for the unit.

Other tasks that may fall under the remit of HUCs may also include transcribing medical orders, completing admission and discharge forms and graphing the temperature, pulse, and blood pressure readings for patients.

A HUC often acts as a liaison between the patients and medical staff. Good communication skills are a must if they are to serve as this vital link between the physicians, nursing staff, various departments, patients, and visitors. They may also perform receptionist duties on patient wards.

Health unit coordinators tend to work under the supervision of the registered nursing staff or the health information administrator.

CNA refers to Certified Nursing Assistant and they have a much more hands on role than a HUC. A CNA will assist patients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA) a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or a State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA). As they are not a fully qualified nurse they will not perform all procedures required on the ward.

CNAs provide basic care and see to the needs of patients under supervision. As nursing assistants usually have the most contact with patients, they can provide vital information about the patients’ conditions to their supervisors. The workload can be intense and fast paced due to nursing shortages, which are common. It’s not only hospitals where you’ll find CNAs but also day care centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Michael Regenauer Profile
Health unit coordinator. Just a fancy title for the secretary in a healthcare facility. Takes care of the phone calls and non medical issues on the floor e.g paper supplies, nonmedical phonecalls etc.
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Anonymous answered
A CNA is a certified nursing assistant that provides direct patient care. Takes vital signs, feeds/turns and provides bath/hygiene care.

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