Hey guys! Sorry for the hiatus in blog posts there, but life got a little crazy for a minute. I’m back now though and I thought I would take a minute to update you all on what’s new in my life!
Back in March I interviewed for a medical scribe position in the emergency department at my local hospital. I really needed a summer job and I just didn’t want to go back to scooping ice-cream like I did in high school. I wanted to find something that I would genuinely enjoy and that would be a learning experience for my future career. I heard that I got the job in April and I started the online training course, which lasted 7 days. After that, I had an orientation and last week I started my first training shift on the floor!
If you don’t know what a medical scribe is, we basically follow the physician into patient’s rooms and document the entire patient encounter in the electronic medical record. It improves efficiency and patient care for the physician. It also allows us (who are usually pre-health students) to learn medical terminology and basically get paid to shadow, which is awesome.
My first shift was a 9 hour evening shift and it was AMAZING. I’ll admit, it was a little overwhelming at first because the scribe I was training with has been at this hospital for over three years and is insanely fast at prepping and finishing her charts. I felt like I’d never get the hang of it, but by the end of my first shift I actually felt a lot more comfortable and was even able to do some charting on my own!
I have 7 training shifts left before I’m on my own and I’m so excited to work again in a few days!