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Unit Secretary

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Nursing and Direct Patient Care

Unit secretaries perform general clerical duties, imprint patient information, transcribe written doctors and pharmacy orders, prepares requisitions for tests and procedures. Thet act as receptionist, receives and direct patient's visitors and other personnel: answer telephones, screen calls and relay massages directly to appropriate individuals.

Work Settings

Unit secretaries work in hospitals, nursing/convalescent homes.


Work requires the ability to follow and provide instructions to the public generally equivalent to a high school education

Job Outlook

Numerous job openings for will arise from a combination of fast employment growth and high replacement needs.


General medical and surgical hospitals - $10.44/hour Nursing care facilities - $9.86/hour Community care facilities for the elderly - $9.56/hour.

Work Schedule

Most work about 40 hours a week, but, because patients need care 24 hours a day, some work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Many work part time.

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