I originally discussed this matter at the following link-http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/chart...ml#post2130185
Since posting this information, I have finally found out why the changes to our charting system were made. As I said, we are WAY behind the times and our hospital was still using Nurse's Notes rather than integrated progress notes. The majority of staff was very much in favour of having integrated notes even though it meant having to fight for the main pt chart to enter them at times. One older nurse (allergic to change) made a comment about this change within ear shot of the director that went something like, "Well if I can't get the chart then I just won't be making any notes." Obviously a tad extreme and silly a position.
In response to this lone comment the director decided she would force all nurses to HAVE to go to the chart by putting all chart components in there- VS record, glucose monitoring record, etc. Things that should be kept by the bedside- and still are in all other teaching hospitals in our region. None of the changes had anything to do with privacy at all. They were to punish a nurse for a comment and now we have all sorts of complications (see previous post for details)
What are your opinions on this? Is this abuse of power? I have decided that because it is not hospital policy, a nurse could decide to not conform if they so chose. We are part of a professional body (and Union) and we are to govern our own practice. I have surveys drafted to review the nurses' positions, mucho literature supporting point-of-care charting, etc. If I present this to her and she doesn't budge do you think we could just revolt...and put the door charts back? Again, this is not hospital policy but the actions of one knee-jerk dictator who wouldn't be able to fire us anyway. We live in Canada so this is public health care.
Let me know what you would do....I tend to be a bit like a dog with a bone so I think I know what I will be doing but find feedback here very valuable.
Brenda, all fired up in Canada