Working as a unit secretary helped me prepare for nursing school. I transcribed MD orders, put lab orders into the computer, placed calls to the MD's for consults, ordered unit supplies, and put together admission packets for the nurses to fill out. I scheduled special procedures, paged MD's, NP's, and was utilitzed as a witness for patients signing their health care proxies. Transcribing the orders helped me to become familiarized with the patients' meds as well as typical dosages. Also, I was always closeby to listen to nurses give report to each other and sometimes they would educate me about specific disease processes. I had access to the EMR so I learned how to read medical jargon accurately and I became well trained on how to read chicken scratch A.K.A physician orders. The experience made me feel comfortable combing through a chart to find exactly the information that I needed, and though the atmosphere could be hectic at times, I walked away with an understanding of the various dynamics of nursing and was introduced to the other areas of nursing that were not strictly bed-side duties.