What is a scribe and what do they do? 📝
Many of you ask me about the scribes that I work with. If you follow me on Snapchat, you probably get a little glimpse into my life in the ED with scribes.
Having a scribe is a luxury for me, and one I very much appreciate. A scribe is an individual who follows the doc around (whether it be ED, family doctor office, etc) and takes our notes while we talk to the patients. They also help us with discharging patients, prescribing medications, reminding us when lab results are back, and phone calls. They have a huge amount of exposure to medical terms, diagnoses, treatments, and patient care.
Anyone who is interested in medicine or scribing can apply, but it's helpful to have a reference at any specific location that you are wishing to work.
Most of our scribes are undergraduate students who are interested in nursing, becoming a physician assistant or physician. A scribe is a paid position and many of our scribes are also in school. As you can imagine, they work the same hours as I do, which means days, nights, and constant switches.
Part of me feels less alone when I have a scribe by my side, and we have a ton of fun ☺
The scribe pictured here just happens to be the scribe I had on my very first day as an attending. She's pretty much the only reason I made it through that day and remembered anything!
AND... she just found out today that she got into PA school! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 I love to see our scribes grow and accomplish such amazing things! And let's be honest, I'd be charting for so much longer if they weren't around 😉
Comment below with questions about being a scribe!