Our hosital went to computerized charting about 1 1/2 years ago. We started out gradually and release new forms periodically. I am an RN that had formal training as a computer forms designer. There are nurses that never touched a computer before, doing better than the ones with computer skills. I have found the ones that are familiar with the computer think they know "it all" and usually are the ones that mess the system up and we have to go straighten it out. Our nurses were very resistive at first, but are getting very good now. We still have some that like to drag their feet and try to get other nurses to do their admissions for them, but we are now "honing" in on those nurses. Only RNs, LPNs, dietary, utilization review and respiratory chart electronically. We do not allow the Techs, nursing assistants or student nurses chart on the computer. They will in the future, but not right now. Student nurses can chart only under the access code of their instructors - they are not allowed to have their own. At the end of each semester, the instructors access code is changed. Students are not allowed to log on to the system, but the instructor will log on theirself. Physicians are becoming more receptive and learning the system as well. They still depend on the charge nurse to "pull up info" for them. One of the biggest problems is SLOW systems. We have had to upgrade ours several times, as we load more forms on. But, this is the biggest complaint from EVERYONE. Hopes this helps, if you need anything further, e-mail. Good luck with your venture.
[This message has been edited by NurseRachet (edited March 17, 2000).]