Scribe Stories


Scribe Story #7

Going Above and Beyond

By Aleasa Whitaker

As a medical scribe, sometimes we have to multitask throughout our shift. However, even though we may become busy with multiple tasks, it’s always important to remember to try to go above and beyond for others.

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Scribe Story #6

A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

By Rishi Desai

As I look outside the small circular window of the airplane, I gaze in astonishment at the numerous snow-capped mountains intertwined between the brand-new city that I’ll be residing in. Over the next 3 months, I’ll forgo my usual routine, my comforts of home, the individuals I call family, and the familiar scents and sounds that I’ve become accustomed to. Over the coming weeks, I’ll spend day in and day out facilitating the development of something that represents something bigger than just myself.

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Scribe Story #5

A Day in my Shoes as a Pediatric Emergency Scribe

By Briar Gorrell

As I look at my patient tracker to mark down the many patients that she has picked up, my heart starts racing. My typing is not normal. I type one-handed with my right hand, holding my laptop with my left hand. I find this faster when I am in a small room and needing to pace quickly with several patients. For the first few hours of the shift, I can’t stop typing. I ask for physical exam dictations, input lab results, and prepare discharge instructions for each patient. I focus on her differentials and the ending diagnoses for each patient, matching them up with the patient’s lab results, so I may learn.

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Scribe Story #4

Doctor Saves Hand, Scribe Saves Finger

By Jason Cho

The morning moved slowly, we saw a few patients in the ED. Hours went by without any commotion. Then we heard the call, I began to chart with the code for no pulse, and soon the ED doors opened. A young man in cardiac arrest. The energy shifted quickly as we all took to our positions.

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Scribe Story #3

The Calm Before the Storm

By Erin Poulin

“The calm before the storm,” I say to myself through a yawn.

I’m standing outside alone in the ambulance bay, watching the heavy rain fall. The air is crisp, which is rare for Houston. There are no ambulances, and no patients waiting in the ER –something rare for the medical center.

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Scribe Story #2

Keeping Time

By Jordan Yeager

I stand quietly next to the doctor as he analyzes the ambulance’s approach. White and red lights blink as it comes closer and closer to the automatic ED doors. I see the back of the ambulance open and two EMTs assist a stretcher out of the vehicle.

Compressions have been ongoing for about 1 hour. As they pass the first set of doors, I silently prepare myself to follow the doctor into the room.

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Scribe Story #1

What’s the Craziest Thing You’ve Ever Seen?

By Jenna Pinnelle

I looked up from my e-mails around ten of one. Nearly all of the new hires had returned from their lunch break and were taking their seats at the rows of computers that filled the room. Some chatted quietly while others slowly made their way through stacks of index cards. I did a quick head count and began loading up the next set of slides. “Just a few more minutes, I think we are missing a few people and then we’ll get started again. Any questions so far?” I asked as I carefully adjusted the projector.

From the back of the room a hand emerged over the monitors and someone asked, “Well, you’ve been doing this for a while….What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen?”

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