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Unit Secretary- Monitor Watcher

Company: SSM Health
Location: Madison
Posted on: October 10, 2018

Job Description:

DescriptionRole Purpose:

Under the general direction of the Unit Director/Registered Nurse, functions as a member of the health care team to maintain the clerical functions of the nursing unit. Performs Monitor Watcher role which includes running a rhythm strip for each patient on admission and within an hour of the beginning of the shift, measures the interval for each patient and records the data on the strip itself and on the master monitor sheet, mounts significant rhythm variations and changes in interval on the "Monitor Strip" form and places these in the patient's monitor chart, notifies the patient's nurse of changes in rhythm or other parameters, maintains alarm settings and volume. Discharges patient from the monitor. Files all "Monitor Strip" forms in the patient's permanent chart.

Role Responsibilities:


  • Fosters, participates and is knowledgeable in Shared Governance as defined at St. Marys 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 and unit secretaries. 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.

  • Respects the confidentiality and dignity of patients. Communicates effectively with customers.

  • Punctual for reports/breaks. Uses supplies effectively. Completes work within required shift, i.e., end of shift; OT minimal or nonexistent.

  • Demonstrates skill and professionalism in the use of the phone.

  • Maintains, organizes and updates communication to assure optimal delivery of patient care.

  • Accurately enters/retrieves patient information using computer.

  • Performs Monitor Watcher role which includes running a rhythm strip for each patient on admission and within an hour of the beginning of the shift, measures the interval for each patient and records the data on the strip itself and on the master monitor sheet, mounts significant rhythm variations and changes in interval on the "Monitor Strip" form and places these in the patient's monitor chart, notifies the patient's nurse of changes in rhythm or other parameters, maintains alarm settings and volume. Discharges patient from the monitor. Files all "Monitor Strip" forms in the patient's permanent chart.

  • Performs other duties as requested.


    QualificationsMinimum Requirements:

    High school graduate or equivalent

    Preferred Requirements:

    Previous Unit Secretary experience preferred

    Department Specific:

    Must deal courteously and respectfully with people. General familiarity with hospital routines, medical terminology and computer data entry. Clerical skills necessary.

    St. Mary's Hospital Madison

    St. Mary's is a 440-bed tertiary referral hospital offering inpatient and outpatient treatment and diagnostic services in primary care and nearly all specialties. Medical/surgical areas of special focus include the Family Birth Center, pediatrics, Neuroscience Center, geriatrics, orthopedics, emergency services and more. St. Mary's is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine's three-year family practice residency program. Since 1912, St. Mary's has provided service to much of south-central Wisconsin including Dane County and 17 other nearby counties. In the growing city of Sun Prairie, northeast of Madison, St. Mary's Emergency Clinic provides services to more than 30,000 residents.

    Keywords: SSM Health, Madison , Unit Secretary- Monitor Watcher, Administration, Clerical , Madison, Wisconsin

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