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From The CriticsReviewer: LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Advocate Health Care)
Description: This textbook will help the health unit coordinator learn the responsibilities of the position. This person may also have the job title of unit clerk or unit secretary, and would be responsible for the non-clinical patient care tasks involved in operating a nursing unit, typically in a hospital.
Purpose: This is a theory textbook for a health unit coordinator curriculum. It could also be used as a reference for the practicing health unit coordinator, or as a reference for writing unit coordination policies and procedures.
Audience: The audience would include health unit coordinator students, practicing health unit coordinators, and managers and supervisors responsible for overseeing the tasks of these workers. The author is a well known educator in the health unit coordinator field.
Features: Each chapter has objectives, a vocabulary list, abbreviation list, exercises, and theory. Review questions are included. The book is organized into six sections that potentially could be used for six courses in health unit coordination programs. Supplemental material includes an instructor's guide, a companion workbook for the student, and a certification review book.
Assessment: This is a solid textbook for health unit coordination programs. Program coordinators will appreciate the additional educational material that accompanies the text. Students will have plenty of opportunities to apply their new skills with the numerous exercises provided.