I think it is absolutely ridiculous that a facility can profess to be paperless when the charts in the rack weigh more than the computer! Does management not realize that they have made things more complex by requiring nurses to document meds, care plans, and basic nursing care on the computer AND in the charts???? The computer documentation is EXCESSIVE but at least we can take the computer into the rooms with us and document, check orders, review labs, administer meds, etc. but why on Earth do we have to make sure that what's in the computer is also on the charts? We fill in the blanks online and then have to go fill out the ENDLESS forms at the desk too??!?!?!!?!! There is no wonder the families and visitors report on the satisfaction surveys that all they saw was the nurses sitting up at the desk. If we still have to fill out paper forms and do chart checks and compare the paper chart to the computer, what's the purpose of having an IT department? Is not it their job to design and update the electronic medical record whenever whoever decides there is just ONE MORE FORM that needs to be on the patients' medical record? I think they should be penalized for using excess paper. Millions are being spent on computers so why continue to spend all of this money on paper unless the budget is not as bad as they want us to believe. It is just so annoying when I bust my behind doing patient care which takes the entire 12-hour shift and then when I grab a chart to try to do the darn comparison and checks, here comes the darn doctors to get the ENTIRE chart rack to head down the hall to make rounds AND the oncoming nurses need the computers to begin their morning/evening meds, which leaves me standing there empty handed. But not for long!! I clock out and go home!!!!! No computer? No chart? No need for me to stay!
Feb 11, '13
Quote from Overland1
Docs universally accepting, learning, and using computer charting will occur at about the same time the Pope converts to Judaism. They are special, and we must not expect them to change.
Well, the pope resigned today. The first time in 6 centuries?
Maybe there's hope for the docs after all.
Last edit by imintrouble on Feb 11, '13