OK, first of all this is a picture that I took at work today. This is NOT my charting station! I want that clarified now.
What you do need to know, is that the clerk in the ER is the MOST important person in the ER. They keep us straight, they answer the never-ending ringing of the phones, there are 3 right next to her desk and then another 5 in the immediate vicinity. The clerk tells us where to go, what is coming in, they have a bazillion phone numbers memorized...in short they are amazing and we can not function without them.
Well, because they are so busy, they rarely, if ever get a break. Today was one of those days, heart attack, seizure, kidney stone and that was just in less than 30 minutes.
Well, our dear clerk is doing her amazing super-power clerking, we are yelling orders at her, phones are ringing and she's cool as a cucumber.....I look over at her desk at notice something that sorta made me cringe.....
On the left of the desk is 4 vials of blood and a urine sample. On the right of her desk is lunch....meatloaf, mashed potatoes and veggies.
I love our quirky clerks. They are efficient. I don't love urine samples and meatloaf....I'm not sure I'll get over this image soon.