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Working As An Unit Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Repetitive

  • $48,996

    Average Salary

What Does An Unit Assistant Do At Mercy Medical Center Clinton

* Responds to the units assigned by pager call, as well as all ERT, Rapid Response and Code Star calls.
* Performs procedures and treatments such as EKGs, simple dressings, straight/Foley Catheters and reports the findings to the Registered Nurse.
* Assists the orderly with transfers, boosting and positioning.
* Responds to units with a higher acuity, increased volume and/or with several patients moving on and off the unit, to assist with patient care needs (need determined and approved by the Nursing Supervisor.)
* Responds to units with specific needs (completing bed changes, assisting with tray delivery and patients that require an assist with feeding.)
* Awareness of ER admissions to assist with settling the new patient, including vital signs and personal belongings log

What Does An Unit Assistant Do At Genesis Healthcare

* Provides resident care in a manner conducive to safety and comfort.
* Resident care includes, but is not limited to:
* Assist resident with or performs Activities of Daily Living (ADL);
* Obtains and records Vital Signs and weights per policy;
* Assists residents with ambulation and transfers;
* Positions residents in correct body alignment in and out of bed;
* Applies adaptive equipment as ordered;
* Cares for personal belongings;
* Assists physician and/or licensed nurse with treatments and procedures as needed;
* Makes both occupied and unoccupied beds;
* Accompanies residents when transported outside the center for appointments as requested;
* Ensures residents are ready for scheduled therapy and transports resident to meals and to outside appointments;
* Participates in the Service Plan process and implements care according to Service Plan;
* Performs skin care treatments, as permitted by state regulation and Service Plan;
* Feeds or assists residents with meals and provides additional nourishment and hydration per Service Plan;
* Records resident's ADL Performance;
* Answers call light or bell promptly, delivers messages, cleans areas of spillage or accidents;
* Uses Standard precautions when caring for all residents.
* Adheres to Contact and/or Droplet Precautions as indicated.
* Participates in the orientation of new nursing assistants/aides;
* Reports changes in resident's condition, resident/family concerns or complaints to charge nurse and/or supervisor;
* Collects and bags soiled linen to be laundered;
* Assists with the orientation of newly hired Resident Care Attendant /Aides;
* Promotes a culture of safety to ensure a healthy practice and living environment;
* Collaborates and coordinates with other departments to provide timely effective care consistent with the individual's needs, choices and preferences;
* Contributes to an environment that is respectful, team-oriented, and responsive to the concerns of staff, residents, and families;
* Participates in quality improvement activities as requested;
* Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive Protected Health Information (PHI) at all times;
* Stays and works beyond scheduled shift if needed to meet staffing requirements and/or needs of residents;
* Performs other duties as requested.

What Does An Unit Assistant Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Fosters, participates and is knowledgeable in Shared Governance as defined at St.
* Mary’s Hospital using the conceptual framework for nursing practice as a guide.
* Assumes responsibility and accountability for own professional practice, continuing education and competency (i.e., mandatory inservice, staff meetings).
* Seeks learning opportunities.
* Shares expertise and knowledge with coworkers and peers.
* Assists in orientation of new nursing personnel.
* Supports the activities, decisions and initiative of colleagues.
* Follows hospital/unit directives; e.g. standards, policies, procedures, protocols.
* Assumes responsibility for equipment operation and maintenance.
* Assists with transfer, transporting and discharging of patients.
* Delivers messages and transports equipment as assigned by the department.
* Returns used equipment to appropriate departments, cleaning when necessary.
* Changes the linen on the stretchers.
* Empties the soiled laundry hamper into the laundry chute.
* Completes operating room cleaning between surgical cases, the daily terminal cleaning of the operating rooms and monthly cleaning tasks as assigned.
* Orders and stocks supplies.
* Punctual for reports/breaks.
* Uses supplies effectively.
* Completes work within required shift, i.e., end of shift; OT minimal or nonexistent.
* Respects the confidentiality and dignity of patients.
* Communicates effectively with customers.
* Performs other duties as requested

What Does An Unit Assistant Do At Munson Healthcare

* Accountable for direct and indirect service rendered to patients and families under RN supervision
* Demonstrates ability to perform technical skills, including but not limited to: V/S, newborn hearing screenings, direct patient care under RN supervision, surgical scrubbing, assisting with circumcision set up and care, and unit clerk clerical functions
* Understands and demonstrates application of sterile technique in the role of surgical scrub technician
* Assumes all unit clerk duties as a relief staff
* Performs duties of supplying and restocking unit items.
* Performs housekeeping duties in lieu of housekeeping staff; performs cleaning tasks on specific equipment following manufacturers and hospital guidelines.
* Cleans and reorders instruments and maintains par levels
* Maintains quality controls and monitors compliance with quality assurance requirements as assigned
* Assists with the medication storage, stocking, transportation, and checking of expiration dates as delegated
* Utilizes department tools for documentation according to established guidelines.
* Uses only hospital-approved abbreviations.
* Writes legibly at all times
* Uses critical thinking skills and exercises prudent judgment in responding to crisis situations.
* Has clear understanding of scrub performance and can respond, set up Operating Room and assist doctor in most expedient manner in crisis

What Does An Unit Assistant Do At United Blood Services

* _This position is not static and will be revised as the needs of the organization's business evolve._
* Major Activity**: Assembling (set-up) of on-location mobile blood drives.
* Reviews trip sheet to determine and pack adequate supplies.
* Loads vehicle with all designated supplies/equipment, and assures all items on checklist are placed on the truck.
* Under the direction of the Collections Supervisor, prepares collection site with essential equipment and supplies, assuring that supply levels are checked throughout the day for adequacy.
* Brings any additional supplies/equipment in from the truck as needed or requested by the Collections Supervisor.
* Maintains appearance of refreshment area assuring proper levels throughout the day.
* Keeps aware of donor flow.
* Assists with donor reactions and directs donors to beds as necessary.
* Major Activity: Handles all Blood Bags in accordance with SOP's.
* Labels all bags per SOP directives.
* Picks up completed unit and tubes from phlebotomy area, taking care to assure a manageable amount is picked up at one time to avoid breakage.
* Segments and seals blood bags in accordance with SOP directives.
* Packs and stores bags and tubes for pick up per SOP directives.
* Assures all are ready for pick up at the designated time.
* Demonstrates appropriate handling of QNS and contaminated units per SOP.
* Major Activity: Disassembling of on-location mobile blood drive.
* Reloads vehicle and ensures that host blood drive location is surveyed for all equipment, supplies, and waste products and assures removal of such.
* Delivers blood units and applicable paperwork to laboratory in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.
* Reports any delays in delivery to the lab.
* Major Activity: Transports blood/blood products according to AABB standards and SOPs.
* Receives direction from and confirms every in route stop with the dispatcher for all deliveries/pickups.
* Is knowledgeable of the shortest/most efficient routes between locations.
* Checks to ensure products are properly packed and the delivery location matches the products prior to leaving the blood center.
* Accurately completes all associated documents in accordance with established procedures.
* Loads LifeSource vehicle with designated equipment as indicated on route sheet.
* Major Activity: Complies with vehicle safety requirements, weekly vehicle inspections and maintenance, and departmental cleanliness.
* Reports accidents/incidents immediately and completes required paperwork according to policy.
* Maintains a safe driving record.
* Does not eat or smoke in the vehicle in accordance with ITxM policy.
* Maintains vehicle/equipment with utmost care for company assets.
* Observes rules of the road when driving assigned vehicle.
* Demonstrates care and safe operation of vehicle.
* Reports any issues pertaining to vehicle maintenance in a timely manner.
* Prepares ice bags, organizes box room and cleans transportation coolers as needed/directed.
* Major Activity: Exceeds customer service expectations and provides excellent customer service to all internal and external contacts in support of the ITxM Mission.
* Listens and responds appropriately to customer needs.
* Treats all with dignity and respect.
* Responsible for exemplary customer service, including reporting any customer complaints to supervisor/manager/director immediately.
* Major Activity: Other duties may be assigned.
* Adherence to personal standard of quality.
* Appropriately prioritizes workload and projects.
* Demonstrates behaviors that align with ITxM core value and mission.
* Adaptation to workload increase.
* Qualifications

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How To Become An Unit Assistant

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.


Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs. Although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs.

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job. High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.


Medical assistants who do not have postsecondary education learn their skills through on-the-job training. Physicians or other medical assistants may teach a new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, and other tasks that help keep an office running smoothly. Medical assistants also learn how to code both paper and electronic health records (EHRs) and how to record patient information. It can take several months for an assistant to complete training, depending on the facility.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Medical assistants are not required to be certified in most states. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. An applicant must pass an exam and have taken one of several routes to be eligible for each certification. These routes include graduation from an accredited program and work experience, among others. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both, in order to practice. Contact the state board of medicine for more information.

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Unit Assistant Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Cantonese

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Amharic

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • Polish

  • Thai

  • Navajo

  • Korean

  • Italian

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Top Unit Assistant Skills

  1. Direct Patient Care
  2. Vital Signs
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided administrative support to nurses and doctors Provided indirect patient care
  • Interviewed patients to obtain medical information, weight and height measurements and vital signs.
  • Access to several companies for customer service for Aqua Finance Inc. & other sister companies within the building.
  • Schedule accurate patient appointments using electronic medical record.
  • Worked closely with nurses, staff, blood donors, and handled donor reactions well.

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