How do some of you new grads feel about processing your own orders or would you guys prefer unit secretaries to do it for you, while you learn other nursing skills
Oct 18, '06
I think our unit secretaries are going to be phased out eventually. Well, we need them to answer the phone and greet visitors, but because we do almost everything on the computer now, there is nothing much for them to do.
Our docs enter ALL our orders on the computer. Then we nurses see the orders, hit a key to acknowledge them, and then we can implement them. Pharmacy, blood bank, radiology, respiratory therapy, etc. - everyone gets their orders off the computer so the secretary has nothing to process. This is great because there is no waiting and it's MUCH more safe because there isn't a non-medical staff member trying to decipher physician orders. It's also great because it happens at the same time - while you are reading an order for a new medication, pharmacy already has the info and has started preparing it. Or X-ray is already on the way up before anyone has even picked up the phone to call them. It's great!
But in hospitals where technology hasn't taken over, and most of the orders are hand-written and need to be processed - then yes, there is a definite need for at least one unit secretary at all times. Nurses don't have time to be doing all that.
Last edit by Gompers on Oct 18, '06