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48 Cards in this Set

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Career Ladder
A pathway of upward mobility.
The process of testifying to or endorsing that a person has met certain standards.
Certified Health Unit Coordinator (CHUC)
A health unit coordinator who has passed the national certification examination sponsored by the HAHUC.
Clinical Tasks
Tasks performed at the bedside or indirect contact with the patient.
A person licensed to practice medicine.
Doctors' Orders
The health care a doctor prescribes in writing for a hospitalized patient.
Health Unit Coordinator (HUC)
The nursing team member who performs the non-clinical patient care tasks for the nusing unit.
Hospital Departments
Divisions within the hospital that specialize in services, such as dietary, which plans and prepares meals for patients, employees, and visitors.
Independent Transcription
The HUC assumes full responsibility for transcription of doctors' orders; cosignature by the nurse is not required.
Non-Clinical Tasks
Tasks performed away from the bedside.
Nurses' Station
The desk are of a nursing unit.
Nursing Team
A group of nursing staff members who care for patients on a nursing unit.
Nursing Unit
An area within the hospital with equipment and nursing personnel to care for a given number of patients.
A person receiving health care, including preventive, promotion, acute, chronic, and all other services in the continuum of care.
Policy and Procedure Manual
A handbook with such information as guidelines for practice, hospital regulations, and job descriptions for hospital personnel.
A process for certified HUCs to exhibit continued personal and professional growth and current competency to practice in the field.
A process used to communicate the doctors' orders to the nursing staff and other hospital departments; computers or handwritten requisitions are used.
Recognition that a health care organization has met an official standard.
Acute Care
Short-term care for serious illness or trauma.
Attending Physician
The term applied to a physician who admits and is responsible for a hospital patient.
A payment method whereby the provider of care receives a set dollar amount er patient, regardless of services rendered.
Case Manager
A health care professional and expert in managed care who assists patients in assessing health and social services to assure that all required services are obtaines; coordinates with doctor and insurance companies.
Chief Executive Officer
CEO - The individual in direct charge of a hospital who is responsible to the governing board.
Chronic Care
Care for illnesses of long durations, such as diabetes or emphysema.
Community Health
Concerned with the members of a community with emphasis on prevention and early detection of disease.
Governing Board
A group of community citizens at the head of the hospital organizational structure.
Health Maintenance Organization
HMO - An organization that has management responsibility for providing comprehensive health care services on a prepayment basis to voluntarily enrolled persons within a designated population.
Home Health
Equipment and services are provided to patient in-home to provide comfort and care.
Supportive care for terminally ill patients and their families.
A full-time acute care specialist whose focus is exclusively on hospitalized patients.
A patient sho has been admitted to a health care facility at least overnight for treatment and care.
Integrated Delivery Networks
Health care organization merged into systems that can provide all needed health care services under one corporate umbrella.
Managed Care
The use of a planned and systematic approach to providing health care with the goal of offering quality care at the lowest posssible cost.
A federal and state program that provides medical assistance for the indigent.
Government insurance enacted in 1965 for individuals older than the age of 65 and any person with a disability who has received Social Security for 2 years (some disabilities are covered immediately).
The combining of individual physician practices and small, stand-alone hospitals into larger networks.
Primary Care Physician
Sometimes referred to as "gatekeeper". These general practitioners are the first physicians to see a patient for an illness.
For profit.
A graduate of a medical school who is gaining experience in a hospital.
Surfing the Web
Using different web sites on the Internet to locate information.
Not for profit.
Web Address
URL - uniform resource locator. Keywords that when entered after http://www. on the internet will take user to specific location, referred to as a web site.
Level of care a patient would require based on his or her medical condition; used to evaluate staffing needs.
Assignment Sheet
A form completed at the beginning of each work shift that indicates the nursing staff member(s) assigned to each patient on the nursing unit.
Assistant Nurse Manager
A registered nurse who assists the nurse manager in coordinating the activities on the nursing unit.
Certified Nursing Assistant
PCA - Patient Care Assistant
A health care giver who performs basic nursing tasks and has been certified by passing a required certification examination.
Clinical Pathways
A method of outlining a patient's path of treatment for a specific diagnosis, procedure, or symptom.
Director of Nurses
A registerd nurse in charge of nursing services (may be called director of patient services, nursing administration, or vice president of nursing services).