They want to eliminate these positions in our hospital. Anyone working with a system that does not utilize these support positions?
Jan 4, '03
WHO does your hospital expect to do the work of the secretary? The nurse perhaps? Why not -- he/she already fits 15 hours worth of work into 8 hours -- why not add secretarial duties on a regular basis to the workload?
The secretaries on my unit (different shifts) are so wonderful -- take off orders, MARS, order labs, answer phones/call bells, try to help fill sick calls, monitor the telemetry, troubleshoot -- they are indispensible. I very occassionally fill in as the secretary -- yikes -- not as easy at it looks.
I know there are hospitals where nurses take off all their own orders, etc. -- I can't imagine working in a hospital with no ancillary support staff to "run the desk" so that I can practice NURSING.
Last edit by susanmary on Jan 5, '03