Scribes in the ED

  1. Do any of you work in an ED where the doctors use scribes to interface with the computer on their behalf? If so, what are your thoughts.

    Disclosure: I am a scribe myself and I'm just interested in what the nurses think of them.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Annisme
    We have scribes in our ED. They can be a great help to a nurse or a pain in the neck, depending. I appreciate that they have a job to do, but assessing patients is the nurse's job. All in all, I really do like the scribes we have and appreciate them.
  4. by   diane227
    I worked in one ED who used them and I feel that the money and time would have been better spent on hiring a PA or an NP to see patients.
  5. by   Katnip
    I think if a doctor has the time to dictate to a scribe, then he or she has time to type it out himself and save the hospital the money.
  6. by   hherrn
    I did a travel gig in an ER that used scribes.
    I thought it worked great. It was a high volume ER, and it allowed docs more patient time. I saw no more errors there than anywhere else.
    If I had a scribe, I could easily increase my pt load by at least 1/3.
  7. by   emtb2rn
    Our docs use scribes. I think it saves time. The docs can dictate waaaaaay faster than they can type.
  8. by   cookienay
    Our docs use scribes. They can be a help to the docs but a pain to the nurses. The nurses don't like it when the scribes make our jobs harder. Just be sensitive that the nurses have a job to do, too. If you would like clarification or more info, you can PM me. good luck.
  9. by   trueschatzi
    we use scribes in our ER too, they are sooo much help to our doctors. they dont bother us nurses at all actually, like some other people have said. plus some of our doctors are a little slower than others, so they help to keep them on tract and see pts faster.
  10. by   whichone'spink
    Good that many of you here don't seem to mind those college students who carry laptops or notepads and follow the docs around. But what is one way scribes can not make the nurses' jobs harder? Last thing I want to do is annoy the nurses at the ED I work at. I eventually want to work in that ED as an RN.
  11. by   deemo21
    I was a scribe at a level I trauma center, while I was a nursing student. I felt that we were a very valuable member of the ER team. The doctors relied on us to be there. We did a lot and the nurses valued our presence. I had worked in that department for 4-5 years and was able to help out A LOT. I helped to expedite patients through the ER. I helped to make the physicians more productive. I updated the physician and the nurse on pertinent lab results, CT/Xray/MRI results. Receiving the dictation for physician H&Ps was the smallest part of my job honestly. The time that it took for the physician to tell me an assessment was <1 minute. At times he or she did not have to say anything to me because I would be there during the physician interview/assessment AT the bedside. During codes I did all of the documentation and the nurses frequently came to me to fill out their documentation. SO ....Yes I feel that ER physicians should use scribes and nurses should be glad to have them! It also made me a better nurse starting out.
  12. by   robinbird
    Can you tell me how you become a scribe? My son will be attending the local community college next year and that would be a great job for him while he's in school. What kind of training do you need?
  13. by   whichone'spink
    Well robinbird, I don't know about your area, but I live in Co. Springs. I found the scribe job on my college job listing website.
  14. by   GOMERNATOR
    DEPENDS ON THE SCRIBE. SOME ARE GREAT. SOME, ON THE OTHER HAND, THINK THEY CAN GIVE ME VERBAL ORDERS AND DO NOT LIKE IT NONE TO WELL WHEN I TELL THEM I DO NOT TAKE ORDERS FROM ANY ONE BUT A DOCTOR. ANOTHER PROBLEM THAT I HAVE RUN INTO BUT MUCH LESS FREQUENTLY IS WHEN THEY WRITE AN ORDER WITH AN ERROR IN IT. SOME ARE OBVIOUS AND SOME NOT SO MUCH. I THEN HAVE TO TRACK DOWN THE DOC AND GET CLARIFICATION WHICH WASTES EVERYONE'S TIME.:angryfire

    GOMERNATOR

    (YES I TYPE IN ALL CAPS. NO I AM NOT YELLING. IT JUST SUITS MY HUNT AND PECK METHOD OF TYPING)

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