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- by Tired_Mommy May 26, '12I was recently told by several nurses at my facility that we are not to use military time in our documentation. This is not stated in my handbook and the DON has not said anything ot me about it. I strongly prefer military time since we chart by hand and handwriting tends to get rather messy. Can a facility actually make you stop using military time? Has anyone else been faced with this?
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- May 26, '12 by WhisperaWhat does the boss say about it? If it's a rule, or a new rule that hasn't shown up in Policies and Procedures yet, you have to follow what the facility expects...
- May 26, '12 by Lynx25Ask the DON.
If she doesn't know, my guess is that they probably just can't figure out military time- it's what I use, and another nurse was having fits about it, saying I could lose my license for it (?!). Eventually I figured out that she thought it was too much work to do the "math" to figure out what 1700 meant.
- May 26, '12 by Tired_MommyI haven't had a chance to ask the DON. I work nights so it's hard to catch her. I'll probably end up just leave a note under her door about it. She sees my reports at the daily meetings so I would think that she would have mentioned it by now if it were a big deal...but who knows? I've read through the policy and procedure manual and it is not mentioned.
- May 26, '12 by Hygiene QueenI thought military time was the professional standard everywhere.
If not, it should be.
It just makes sense.
If someone can't figure it out then I wonder what else they can't figure out.
It's not rocket science.
- May 26, '12 by psu_213Quote from Lynx25Oh good lord. I have read many reasons on here for why people think they would lose their license, but this is the first time I have heard of losing one's license for using or not using military time.another nurse was having fits about it, saying I could lose my license for it (?!).
Our computer charting system requires that the 24 hr clock be used...for example, time time of the note would have to entered as '1925' yet is shows up on some reports at "7:25 pm"--go figure. One exception--death certificates say "use am or pm not the 24 hour clock." I have no idea what the rationale is for this.
In general, I am a big fan of using the 24 hour clock. It (usually) can help prevent a lot of confusion.
- May 26, '12 by KatieP86The 24 hour clock is used pretty much everywhere here. Shop receipts, healthcare, policing, military, TV. It's second nature.
- May 26, '12 by GrnTeaoh, lordy, lose your license for charting military time? horsepucky. you can read the list of people in your state whose licenses have been restricted or revoked, and they are for things like narcotics diversion, felony theft, abuse, and fraud. "writing military time in a chart"-- oh, we gotta tell the board that. i'll bet they'll fall outta their chairs in hysterics. they could probably use a good laugh-- why not call them and ask them that some quiet shift?
that said, if there is a written policy then you have to do what it says. otherwise, tell her that a lot of people land in court because their documentation is ambiguous. they chart "7:00" and it's up to us, years later, to figure out if it's am or pm. sometimes we're right, sometimes we're wrong. military time, not so much.
- May 26, '12 by merleeMilitary time is the best. But unfortunately, the civil side - such as birth and death certs - usually still use the AM/PM stuff. Much to hard for the powers that be making those weighty decisions change to a 24 hr clock!
There should be a policy somewhere, find it and follow it.
- May 26, '12 by MerlynThe answer is yes a facility can change Military time to Stander Time. It's just a policy. You can't loose your license for it.The things that you can loose your license for are things like falsifying records, maybe. Drug charges, Maybe depending on the drug.Murder yes. Other serious things. But each state is different.