Unit Secretary

Under the general supervision of the Nurse Manager performs a variety of clerical and administrative support duties. Coordinates and documents flow of patient activity and information from admission into the unit through discharge or transfer from the unit.


Communicates clearly concisely and expeditiously with unit other hospital staff physicians patients and visitors. Greets patients and visitors in professional courteous and helpful manner. Recognizes consumer dissatisfaction and intervenes to correct or refer to appropriate person. Identifies and reports unauthorized personnel.

Answers the telephone in a timely and courteous manner. Receives records and communicates messages accurately. Transfers telephone calls and pages staff accurately. Answers patients� call buttons and pages appropriate staff person to respond; does follow-up pages on unanswered pages.

Enters and edits all patient information into computer including height and weight isolation status patient type patient activity and charge entries. Practices in accordance with all Physician Order Management policies and procedures. Follows all clinical informatics downtime procedures for entering data into patient�s electronic profile. Obtains missing patient data from other units or outside facilities as needed.

Maintains the integrity of the medical record. Completes Medical Record Review Checklist daily and upon checklist. Orders and maintains appropriate forms dietary supplies educational materials and office supplies for the unit. Maintains order and cleanliness at desk area. Follows up on status of purchase requisitions. Anticipates storeroom supply needs before evening and night shift. Secretary ensures dietary orders are current every AM between 3a and 4a.

Provides management of automatically prepared reports including but not limited to GENESIS Glumeter and rounds reports.

Work with nursing staff and case managers to enter discharge disposition and destinations into computer fax necessary paperwork to external agencies and prepare all necessary paperwork for patients discharged to rehabilitation centers or nursing homes.

Assists the nurse manager in monitoring maintenance of staff educational records and compliance with mandatory tests/training/certifications/ and annual health screenings such as PPD and fit testing.

Completes weekly staff projections for the nursing unit. Completes unit secretary schedule ensuring even distribution of secretarial resources as assigned.

Participates in unit staff meetings and records minutes. Assists in maintenance of posted communications on unit and with memorandums to staff. Update policy manuals as required.

Provides support for the unit in achievement of hospital and unit quality indicators. Assist with distribution and collection of quality audits and complies with unit processes for indicator data collection. Conducts Environment of Care Rounds monthly reports findings and follows through with work orders/ phone calls/faxes to appropriate departments for resolution of issues. Resolves those issues that can be taken care of at a unit level.

Appropriately enters patient charges to generate appropriate revenue for the unit. Reviews and reconciles these charges daily and reports variances to the manager.

General filing copying faxing other clerical and administrative support duties as requested.


Other information:

Equivalent to a high school diploma.

Computer skill level proficient to enter and maintain patient data and print required reports.

Knowledge of medical terminology preferred.

Ability to organize prioritize and perform multiple tasks expeditiously.

Speaks reads and writes English clearly.


Six months� clerical experience in health care environment strongly preferred.


Sits stands and walks intermittently throughout the day.

Exposed to patient care environment.

May be required to lift up to 20 pounds.




Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: The Miriam Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Part Time


Shift: 1


Union: Non-Union