Graduate nurse: difficulty finding job.. Emergency Medical Scribe Experience - page 3

I've been reading and hearing about many graduate nurses both new and old who face a difficult time finding a job and experience for a while. I'm not sure if this may help or not, but if you feel as... Read More

  1. by   medisec
    I wonder for those of you who "scribed" as a transition while searching for an RN position, does or did "scribing" help you become more familiar and comfortable with navigating the EMRs when you finally did settle into an RN job? I know each system/hospital is customized or built different, but provided some familiarity??
  2. by   Aniva
    Medisec, as a scribe, you be the expert of navigating through your organization's specific EMR. Every facility may have a different documentation system and if you were to switch positions, you may need to retrain on the particular system. In general, however, every EMR has the same elements. Vitals, PMH, HPI, ROS, PE, Labs/imaging/tests, Consults, etc. Some smaller facilities or hospitals may still be on paper charting or in transition to EMR (dual documentation). If you're comfortable using a computer, you should be fine on any EMR (they will never throw you in without proper training).
  3. by   Sippie
    I haven't seen the scribes in the ED but I swear there might have been one at my last eye doctor's appt lol. She followed the physician around and wrote down everything that happened and everything that was said. I should of asked lol.
    Do scribes ever work for regular doctors outside of the ED as well?
    I was aware of scribes due to the talk from the med students on SDN that have done it.
  4. by   E-commerce
    Were you able to balance nursing school and work as a medical scribe?
  5. by   babeinboots
    It's very possible. Never worked as a scribe but worked full time as a CNA during nursing school and still managed to graduate with honors. Time management is key!
  6. by   prettypenguin
    Hello all,

    I wanted to share my experience as a scribe. You can scribe in any area that interests you. I've seen scribes at ophthalmologist offices, cardiologist offices, family practice offices, etc. I am currently a nursing student who is interested in becoming a FNP, so I began scribing at a family practice office. It is difficult to balance school and working as a scribe, but the experience I have gained here is invaluable. I already feel like I know more than my classmates. It's important to find an office that can be flexible with you if you want to study and work at the same time. Also, a lot of scribes that work alongside me are doctors waiting for residency matches and they agree this is one of the best ways to learn.