Okay, so I realize that illegible handwriting by doctors is not a new problem, but honestly.....is it really too much to ask that something so important as medication orders and patient treatment be more than just chicken scratch? I'm horrified at the prospect of being the one responsible for deciphering the crappy handwriting I've seen in patient files. I'm only a first year student and I know I have a lot to learn, but this is frustrating because one would think that this problem would have resolved itself long ago due to SAFETY reasons!!! I had a patient record this week where I literally could only figure out the first and last letter of a med!!?? HUHH? That's so wrong. How do you (experienced) nurses figure out bad handwriting? Do you call all the time to confirm orders? Just curious because it seems so unsafe. Thanks for any input.