Answering the question you really seemed to want to ask.
Yes. Bits per second per Hertz comes to just bits. But, it needs to interpreted. That unit is used when you are using a channel with a given bandwith $W$ (measure in Hertz, so for example you may have access to a band of width $W=5$ MHz). Then if you use that channel with efficiency of $k$ bits/second/Hertz for a time slice of length $T$ (seconds), you expect to transmit $kTW$ bits. The Hertz's and seconds cancel, and this gives a pure number of bits. As you would expect: if you double your time you double the number of transmitted bits, if you double your bandwidth you again double the number of bits you can transmit.
For details about the definition of spectral efficiency you probably want to ask at DSP.SE. I will add that often spectral efficiency is measure in bpcu (= bits per channel use). I'm not a telcomm engineer, so I won't say whether you include things like FEC code rate into spectral efficiency, or whether you just take into account the modulation scheme (such as QPSK-modulation = 2 bpcu, 16-QAM = 4 bpcu et cetera).