HOSA E-magazine Spring 2015 - page 21

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the Health Care Team
Today Health Unit Coordinating is a recognized health profession. According to Wilson and Neuhauser in their book,
Health Services in the U.S., for a group to become a profession, they must meet the following criteria:
1. Have a national association.
2. Have a formal education.
3. Have certification.
4. Have a code of ethics.
5. Have an identified body of systematic knowledge and technical skill.
6. Have members that function with a degree of autonomy and authority under the assumption that they alone have the
expertise to make decisions in their area of competence.
For many years, health unit coordinators were trained on the job and it wasn’t until the 1960’s more formal educational
programs at junior and technical colleges were implemented. In the late 1970’s, a group of HUC educators met to form
a professional association for HUC’s, and on August 23rd, 1980 the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators
(NAHUC) was officially established with formalized Bylaws and a Code of Ethics. In 1983, the first Certification
examination for HUC’s was administered and over the years, thousands of health unit coordinators proudly become
Certified Health Unit Coordinators (CHUC). The Certification exam is designed to be a nationally administered,
comprehensive job related objective test. It measures knowledge and skills in areas of job performance considered
essential for health unit coordinators. Once certification is successfully obtained, submission of 36 hours of continuing
education every three years is required to keep the certified status. NAHUC offers continuing education for HUC’s via its
quarterly newsletter, web site, workshops, and an annual Education Conference. Professional growth opportunities are
also available for those who are interested in leadership and committee work in the Association.
Whether the stage for a patient’s hospitalization is on an inpatient nursing unit, intensive care unit, emergency
department, or surgical or another ambulatory service, all patients receive the competent and caring services of a
Health Unit Coordinator. The National Association of Health Unit Coordinators is proud to assist HUC’s as they strive for
excellence in the profession. More information on NAHUC can be located on their web site at
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The National Association of Health
Unit Coordinators is proud to assist
HUC’s as they strive for excellence
in the profession.
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