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Nursing Station Technician

at Hennepin Technical College

Program Details

  • Award: Diploma
  • Credits: 36
  • Delivery: Face-to-face

About this Program

The Nursing Station Technician diploma program is designed for Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) students who wish to obtain the skills necessary to assist nurses with hands on patient care and/or advanced administrative duties. A Nursing Station Technician (NST) is responsible for coordination of communications and procedures to the nursing unit, processing admissions, discharge and transfers, transcribing orders and updating patient records. NST�s work under the direction of a nurse to assist in delivery of patient care including personal hygiene, clients nutritional requirements, daily activities, monitoring of patient vital signs, transporting patients and equipment, setting up and maintaining patient rooms, reordering and stocking supplies.

The Nursing Station Technician is an important member of the professional health care team. NST�s provide a crucial role in disseminating communication throughout the nursing unit and assisting the nursing staff. The professional responsibilities include answering the telephone and intercom, initiating records for new patients, performing patient admission, transfer and discharge procedures, operating unit equipment, ordering daily diets and laboratory tests, scheduling diagnostic studies, recording patient data from departmental records into the patient�s record and ordering of unit supplies. In the work place, the NST communicates with various departments within the facility via the telephone, fax machine, pagers, pneumatic tube systems and computers

This program will include two clinical experiences. Required coursework will focus on practices and procedures, health care core concepts, processing of physician�s orders, communication skill development, team building skill development, medical terminology and Nursing Assistant skills.

Personal qualities considered essential for this occupation are the ability to be detail oriented with a high degree of accuracy while managing the workload in a very busy environment. The NST should be able to solve problems logically and critically, be self-motivated, conscientious, flexible, and demonstrate good customer service skills. Health care workers are expected to protect the confidentiality of patient information, demonstrate a high degree of ethics, and exhibit professionalism.

Program Locations

  • Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park 55445
  • Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie 55347

Labor Market Information

  • Medical Transcriptionists

  • Median wage: $18.91/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Medical Secretaries

  • Median wage: $19.18/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

  • Median wage: $20.67/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
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Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd. Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 Local: (952) 995-1300 Email: info@hennepintech.edu