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Health Unit Coordinator, Critical Care

Covenant Health

Covenant Health

Knoxville, TN, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024
Job Title
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
Department Name


Health Unit Coordinator, Critical Care

Full Time, 72 Hours Per Pay Period, Day Shift

At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, we understand that patients in our critical care area need specialized care – not only because they are very sick, but because their medical needs are unique.

In our critical care department, we have opened separate intensive care units – each designed to provide experienced nursing and support staff for each patient’s needs. (MSICU) is located on the fifth floor in the Center for Advance Medicine (CAM) building adjacent to the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center main hospital.

We are a 25-bed department comprised of a wide variety of complex medically unstable patients between Med-Surg ICU and Med-Surg Stepdown within the locked unit for the safety and privacy of our critically ill patients. We specialize and treat a wide range of severe respiratory illness (BiPAP, High-Flow, ventilator), GI Bleed (Blakemore), post-operative, general medical ICU, proning/Roto prone and renal CRRT cases etc. We strive for 2:1 ICU and 3:1 Stepdown ratios with a free shift leader most shifts. As an RN in the Medical ICU unit, you will perform a variety of tasks such as Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), roto prone therapy for ARDS, management of shock and care for the complex medical surgical patient.

We follow a 12- hour shift, weekends/holidays on a six-week schedule. Team members utilize a self-scheduling software. In addition to having excellent critical thinking skills, our ideal candidate will also possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. We pride ourselves in fostering a culture of positivity and teamwork. Our team has a passion for patient care and each other.

We encourage our staff members to expand their careers and knowledge by becoming a critical care certified registered nurse. As an organization, we want to grow our employees by promoting a culture of excellence and professionalism.

If you are passionate about putting patients first and want to work alongside the best of the best, apply for our Medical Intensive Care Unit today!

Position Summary:

Provide clerical and secretarial services to the nursing unit.

Recruiter: Jennifer Gordon || jgordon2@covhlth.com || 865-374-8107


  • Performs clerical duties related to procedures such as admission, discharge, transfer, and death.
  • Ensures STAT orders are brought to the attention of licensed nursing personnel.
  • Transcribes physician’s orders accurately and in a timely manner and notifies consults as ordered.
  • Requisitions supplies and equipment, maintenance and repair services, and prepares related forms. Keeps unit stock and equipment inventories at appropriate levels.
  • Answers telephone and intercoms; relays and documents messages. Helps to ensure that follow-up to patients request is timely.
  • Assists physicians in obtaining reports from lab, radiology, etc.
  • Schedules patient tests, diagnostic procedures, and doctors appointments for patients as requested.
  • Organizes patient charts in proper sequence. Labels and replenishes all necessary forms.
  • Employ all established infection control policies including standard precautions, transmission based isolation precautions, OSHA standards, safety measures and proper body mechanics in performance of job.
  • Act as preceptor to HUC I.
  • If not a CNA, must demonstrate competency as a Patient Care Assistant by completing the Patient Care Assistant training class within Covenant. Must also have six or more (6+) months of full time work in a HUC I role.
  • Obtains patient records from other facilities.
  • Manages patient flow via flowboard if applicable.
  • Assures appropriate discharge disposition in electronic medical records
  • Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    HUC II working in Cardiac Areas:

    • Assigns and distributes cardiac telemetry equipment to designated hospital staff.
    • Retrieves cardiac telemetry equipment from nursing units as directed.
    • Admits and discharges patients from the telemetry monitoring service.
    • Maintains cardiac related equipment in a state of readiness in coordination with Bio Medical Engineering staff.
    • Identifies life threatening cardiac rhythms and institutes proper emergency procedures.


Minimum Education:

None specified; will accept any combination of formal education and/or prior work experience sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and ability needed to perform the essential tasks of the job, typically such as would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED. Preference may be given to individuals possessing a HS diploma or GED.

Minimum Experience:

Must be a CNA, MA, or EMT at the time of hire or be a HUC I, PCA, CNA, MA, or EMT with six or more (6+) months of experience at a Covenant Health facility and complete the Covenant Health’s Patient Care Assistant training protocol OR For HUC II working in Cardiac Areas- completion of Apex modules 1-6 and/or telemetry class completed prior to hire or placement in a HUC II role.

Licensure Requirement:

External new hires must have CNA certification.


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