Hello everyone. I've been contemplating the change from paper charting to computer charting and how it changes the care we give our patients. I'm working up this question as a possible research project, but most importantly I would just like to know what others think about computer charting. It's inevitable that charting will be contained entirely electronically in the near future. It's my opinion that paper charting requires the nurse to really think about the plan of care for the patient and the relevant interventions. In computer charting, plans of care and interventions are standardized and entered automatically with little if no thought on the part of the nurse. To me, this seems to dehumanize the patient. What do you guys think about computer charting versus paper charting? Is computer charting changing the way we give bedside care? Is it an accurate reflection of our interventions? Does it take more of our time than good old paper charting? Do the benefits of using a computer charting system outweigh the downside to computer charting? Is there a downside to computer charting in your opinion?
Any thought provoking responses would be greatly appreciated!