i worked as a unit clerk for a couple years, but that was a few years ago. i worked in a ccu so i was also the cardiac monitor tech.
my typical day:
come on print out, interpret, and chart heart monitor strips. the nurses normally wanted these within ten minutes of coming on shift. my other duties included: answering phone, answering call lights, putting together charts, transcribing orders into computer system (ie: order test, order diet, etc.), transcribing med orders to the MARs, taking lab work to the lab, paging dr's, copying chart when pt is transfered to outside facility, always knowing where the chart is (a dr.,nurse, social worker, will always ask the clerk where is so and so's chart), and while doing all this i watched the heart monitors for any changes.
i enjoyed the job, but at times it got crazy. for example, your on the phone with the lab, two pts' call lights are going off (and the nurses for those pts are sitting literally beside the call box laughing about such and such), another nurse is asking you if you ordered a test (she/he sees your on the phone and they could easily look in chart to see where you signed off on order, they are suppose to sign off the order too anyway), and of course the second line of the phone system is ringing and no one is bothering to answer it because hey...its the clerks job.
all this really does happen! not all days are like this but some are. and of course there are nurses that love to help out and value the clerks. because i worked hard and gave all the nurses the respect that they are due, i was liked and they loved seeing me when i came on shift, but there are always those that never appreciate the help of those that are "beneath" them.
I've worked as a cna, unit clerk, cardiac monitor tech, and now a transporter. by far, the best job is the transporter. of course, the respect and appreciation is lacking most of the time. however, when they find out that i am a nursing student their attitude towards me changes completly! but i never tell them that i am a nsg. student because if they can't respect my contribution as a transporter then i don't care to socialize with them. my co-workers normally tell them, and when i go back to a floor they say.."i didn't know you are going to nsg. school.....blah,blah,blah."
sorry to rant...i just want you to know that sometimes as an entry-level healthcare provider, your contribution is not always appreciated or seen as valuable. however, i encourage you to take a mental note and when you are an RN always always always treat the cna, house keeper, dietary service aide, etc. with the respect that they deserve! again not all nurses are unappreciative of the aides..so no flames please. i respect nurses and nursing and that is why i am choosing to be a nurse.
i wish you lots of luck with your journey to become an RN.