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SECRETARY. An officer who, by order of his superior, writes letters and other instruments. He is so called because he is possessed of the secrets of his employer. This term wag used in France in 1343, and in England the term secretary was first applied to the clerks of the king, who being always near his person were called clerks of the secret, and in the reign of Henry VIII. the term secretary of state came into it.

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Prior to initiating hourly rounds, the unit secretary documented the incidence and reason for each call light request.
An ED unit secretary reflected, "I was worried that because of my lack of computer skills, and that I am older than anyone else and only work per diem, that the transition would be hard for me.
Our Marketing Department representative helped with design and production, and the unit secretary and Materials Management assisted us as well.
We are in the process of developing a similar system in which a nurse or unit secretary pushes one button on a machine that immediately sends a specific stat page to all the needed individuals.
A unit secretary contacted local police who were able to call the patient at his bedside and escort him to a police cruiser.
There is one Administrative Control Center (ACC) that houses the Unit Secretary on each floor of the hospital.
Unit secretary Helen Conway said: "Its job is to flag up to social partners things which are happening with the Assembly and European funding, while at the same time advising the Assembly and other public sector organisations on how to engage most effectively with business on policy development and implementation.
The Unit Secretary program--in place for the last couple of years--has graduated 22, and the Monitor Technician program had seven people finish last year.
As a unit secretary told me, she stays on her job and has no intention of moving on because, "I'm close to my kids if anything goes wrong.
Behaving more grown-up, even when a little worse for wear was Chewin' The Fat's GREG HEMPHILL who enjoyed a beer (or three) at the 30th birthday party of the BBC's Comedy Unit secretary, Amanda Moran.