We have been using E-MARs for about two years, and it is the duty for us on the Night Shift to check them and initial aside the medication.....and place them in the med-books.
We had a lot of reservations before this came, but like most thing, you get used to it and it becomes easy.
There are a few draw backs......our system has one page for sheduled Rx, another page for PRN Rx, another page for IV's.....
but has yet to understand that IV's can be scheduled and/or PRN,
so we also have another (4th) page that has the gtts, PCA,
epidurals, and other drips. You find yourself with a lot of paper to use......daily.....your books and charts fill up fast.....and I often find errors.....which have to be faxed to pharmacy along with the discontinued medications.....extra work, and yet......every nurse who uses the books is just as responsible to check the med as the one who signs it......(no surprise there)....Also, you will find that the system will automatically assign scheduled times for eveything according to the table you use.....Now you must make your doctors assign times to medications as well, should your first dose of IV atb be given at 16:00, it will come up on your E-MAR as 09-21 if it is BID......
All these things will become easier once you are familiar with the lay out of the medications, and accept the annoying truth.
Best of luck!