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As Healthcare Delivery Evolves, Scribes Embrace Their Full Potential

By Benjamin Brekke

"They haven't gotten rid of you yet?" one of the nurses asked five years ago in my third month as a scribe.

At the time, I was still becoming familiar with what a urine dip was and why someone would order an ultrasound for a patient who was not pregnant. I was too confused to immerse myself in the bustling emergency department (ED) culture where there was not even a place to sit.

To respond to the nurse's comment five years later, "No, they haven't gotten rid of us yet."

We still may not always have enough space, but we proudly type away in the halls. What's more, we're finding new ways to contribute to the delivery of patient-centered care and the success of our departments.

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