questions: New hire as ward clerk!

  1. Hello everyone,
    I just got a job as a ward clerk in the medical surgical unit at a nearby hospital. The scary part is that I have no experience being a ward clerk, nor any experience working in the hospital. I wanted the position because I just got my AA in pre-health and I'm getting into the BSN program in the fall. I wanted to see what's ahead of me. What is the job description of a ward clerk? I know we answer phones and read the doctors orders. What would you say is the hardest part of this job? I'm curious as to what I should look forward to. Any comments about this position would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   monica f
    Our ward clerk is a life saver! She puts together the charts, notes the doctors orders and makes sure that we (nurses) know about the new orders, changes the orders on the MAR, takes phone orders from physicians, answers phones, and tons more stuff. I think that you will learn a tremendous amount about nursing by being a ward clerk. You will learn all the symbols and abrev. that we use which will help you in nursing school, not to mention you will hear a lot from the nurses and learn what to do in certain situations. Good luck with your new job, I hope that you like it.

  4. by   NVsGirl
    Originally posted by monica f:
    Our ward clerk is a life saver! She puts together the charts, notes the doctors orders and makes sure that we (nurses) know about the new orders, changes the orders on the MAR, takes phone orders from physicians, answers phones, and tons more stuff. I think that you will learn a tremendous amount about nursing by being a ward clerk. You will learn all the symbols and abrev. that we use which will help you in nursing school, not to mention you will hear a lot from the nurses and learn what to do in certain situations. Good luck with your new job, I hope that you like it.
    Thanks Monica!

    Looks like I have a lot to look forward to, not to mention a lot to learn! I really hope that I can handle the job because it seems like a lot to juggle for someone who doesn't really know the terminology yet. I'll just try my best and hopefully all will work out. Thanks again!

  5. by   Silvia
    Hi, my name is Silvia. I am 37, married, and have 3 girls (3,9,14). I am just getting started with my prereqs this fall. I am trying to get into an ADN program at a local community college. I would love to get some e-mail buddies who are in the same situation. Nice to meet you all!

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