Post # 1
Okay bees I’m hoping someone can help me. I’m still in college, and I recently took a job in a hospital as a unit secretary and a patient care tech. I come from a nursing home background as an STNA (I wanted to be a nurse) Fast forward, and I changed my mind and wanted a career in something of the business administration/health administration setting.
So I took this hospital job to basically get my foot in the door.
Needless to say I’m scared. Reading the doctors handwriting is ridiculous, all the new hospital terms to learn, and I’m so scared I’m going to screw something up. I’m also being trained on a computer system that they are changing to a whole new system in march.
Anyone who works in a hospital…….does it get better??? Will the language eventually come to me?
Post # 3
You could take a course in medical terminology, that might help. The handwriting thing might never change unfortunately, hopefully the hospital will go digital and use voice software so handwriting will be a thing of the past!
Post # 4
Yes meditech is the software they use right now. I guess in march doctors will have to start placing their own orders in unless its verbal. Which still is scary cause I have a bit of a hard time understanding their accent.
Maybe Ill look into a medical terminology class for sure.
Post # 5
I am a nurse in the ER and want to assure you that things DO get better. You will start to understand the scribbles and you will get more comfortable with the demands of the job but it does take sometime. Our HUCs/techs always multitask and have to deal with a lot of difficult conversations (from RNs, MDs, patietnts and families) but they just can not be replaced! As for the language, it will also take sometime but you will get the hang of it as well. You just have to make sure to ask LOTS of questions before you end orientation and even after. Also, make lists! They always help is organizing info and prioritizing 🙂 Hope this helps! Good luck <3
Post # 6
The handwriting thing gets better. I used to work in a pharmacy so I had to read prescriptions all the time. You will eventually learn to identify the words as you become more familiar with them.