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So I was recently hired for a scribe position at an ED. I have completed all the required courses and now is the time for the final exam and the floor training... However, I have to first pass the final to get to floor training.

I was wondering, for those of you who have been working as a scribe in ED, was the final difficult? Were there certain areas you would have concentrated your studying more? And how was floor training? I am very worried about 1.) Not passing the final 2.) If I pass, not doing well during floor training and letting myself down, not to mention pissing all of the doctors/nurses/my boss off lol.

If you guys have any advice I would really appreciate it and if there's anything I could do to strengthen my documenting skills please let me know. I am trying to do many of the online practice scenarios that they provided... hoping for the best. thx.
 
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So I was recently hired for a scribe position at an ED. I have completed all the required course and now is the time for the final exam and the floor training... However, I have to first pass the final to get to floor training.

I was wondering, for those of you who have been working as a scribe in ED, was the final difficult? Were there certain areas you would have concentrated you're studying more? And how was floor training? I am very worried about 1.) Not passing the final 2.) If I pass, not doing well during floor training and letting myself down, not to mention pissing all of the doctors/nurses/my boss off lol.

If you guys have any advice I would really appreciate it and if there's anything I could do to strengthen my documenting skills please let me know. I am trying to do many of the online practice scenarios that they provided... hoping for the best. thx.


I was an ED scribe for 1.5 years, the final wasn't too bad from what I can remember - I think it was pretty focused on some of the more common things that you're bound to run into in the ED for HPI (MI, Stroke, N/V/D, SOB etc etc) and associated diagnoses, lab/radiology work and physical exam findings.

One thing I heard that seemed to work as far as practice was to have a friend or family member speak to you and you type up what they say word for word - helps you get used to the physician dictating to you. It's not that it's that difficult but its a new skill that not a lot of people have used.

You should really know your med terminology and spelling down cold, just from a professionalism standpoint you should understand some/most of what is being said to you while you're in the room or being dictated to afterwards (it's fine to google medications to get the spelling) - however don't be afraid to ask the doc to repeat something in HPI or PE, as it's critical you properly document what was said. It's a balance. Also when you get more comfortable really try to pay attention to what is happening in the room, you pick up so much knowledge being in that position.

I had a great time in the ED, I'm sure you will too - it's a great place to work and learn, and get you psyched about going to med school (at least that was the case for me haha)

Cheers
 
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Yeah don't worry about the final. It's pretty easy. I only studied for a couple hours.
I agree with the above poster about knowing medical terms. Also, make yourself familiar with physical exam findings because a lot of the docs I work with will start rambling off exam findings in the room. EKG findings too! But if you are a quick learner, then you shouldn't have a problem after you've done it a couple times.
 
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