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Older nurses taking forever to computer chart - page 5

I've been working on the surgical floor for 9 months now and I'm starting to feel like I'm getting the hang of things on my unit. I've learned a lot of tips and tricks and my time management has... Read More

  1. Visit  tablefor9 profile page
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    Quote from Giga
    To do a routine assessment on a total knee for example probably takes me 5-7 minutes, and that's not me rushing or anything and only talking about routine stuff. The same assessment would take some of these nurses anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

    It's a little frustrating at times when they need help with other things because they used all their time "charting". Or when I need help but they can't help me because "If I leave this screen I might lose it and I've spent too much time on this!".

    And truth be told I think maybe sometimes they're doing it on purpose because it gives the illusion of working, but that would be MEAN and I TRY to give everybody the benefit of the doubt.
    1. Maybe these older nurses are actually *spending time with their patients*. Novel idea, I know, but studies do show that increased time spent with pts on initial assessment decreases call light use, decreases fall risk, and improves patient satisfaction. You might see what you can learn from the old girls, instead of trying to pick apart their practice.

    2. Could be there's another reason they are too busy to help you...you don't need it! After all, you already know everything.

    3. No, I really don't think you do try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, you'd try to learn a little something something from the people who should be mentoring you, realizing that you still have a long way to go before you become an expert, instead of going on the attack.

    You may want to remember that the world's not flat and what goes around, comes around.
    Last edit by tablefor9 on Jan 2, '11 : Reason: not finished
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  2. Visit  CloudySky profile page
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    Quote from table for 9
    1. Maybe these older nurses are actually *spending time with their patients*. Novel idea, I know, but studies do show that increased time spent with pts on initial assessment decreases call light use, decreases fall risk, and improves patient satisfaction. You might see what you can learn from the old girls, instead of trying to pick apart their practice.

    2. Could be there's another reason they are too busy to help you...you don't need it! After all, you already know everything.

    3. No, I really don't think you do try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, you'd try to learn a little something something from the people who should be mentoring you, realizing that you still have a long way to go before you become an expert, instead of going on the attack.

    You may want to remember that the world's not flat and what goes around, comes around.
    Right. Seems Giga knows everything and harshly judges everyone "older" than her. Yet Giga wants older nurses to teach her things and gets angry if said old nurses want to chart thoroughly.

    I'd love to know more about the bonus she got for what she called "random" chart audits on the "older" nurses. Giga back peddled on that one among other things.
  3. Visit  Caffeine_IV profile page
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    Wow! You have been a nurse for 9 months and you think you know it all and are so much better because you can click through assessments fast.

    I am younger and good with the computers. I chose to help the older nurses or any age nurse having difficulty instead of being passive aggressive. I like showing others tips and safe shortcuts that let's them attend to other tasks. Teamwork!!
  4. Visit  Dazglue profile page
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    I wish people wouldn't think ALL young people think this way because I do NOT! OP shouldn't talk about "older" nurses because one day she may need that "older" nurse when the system goes down and she has to paper chart.
  5. Visit  NightAngelle profile page
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    The very title of this post unnerves me. I value and appreciate my "more experienced" nurses. I don't even like to use the term OLDER because time in this field usually equals wisdom of some sort. I've been a nurse for 11 years, and at the ripe OLD age of 34 (LOL, yeah, right) I can honestly say that the OP is in for a rude awakening if she feels like the nursing world owes her kudos considering her ability to CHART QUICKLY.

    Never, EVER EVER complain unless you bring a legitimate solution to the problem to the boards with you. Just saying. Like my mama said..."baby, one day, you gonna get old too...", and the technology YOU identify with will be dated also. Then you're gonna be the one stuck outside the learning curve. Karma is a mother-shut-yo-mouth.....
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  6. Visit  Preeps profile page
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    Quote from Belle Epoque
    Oh no. Not yet another thread bashing "older" nurses.

    I just wish these immature posters would do us all a favor and hurry up and grow up already.
    I agree. Lame topic and lame thought. I know some "older" nurses who can computer chart pretty fast. Talk about broad generalizations. So the OP thinks that all older nurses are slow at charting? Very immature and telling.
  7. Visit  GHGoonette profile page
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    Giga, what is the meaning of your username?

    Short for "Gigabyte?"

    What were you before you became a nurse?

    Why did you start this thread?
  8. Visit  erroridiot profile page
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    How old are they?
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  9. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    Quote from Katie5
    Small font?Edit and increase the font.Hope that helps.
    might not be possible for a mere user to make such a change on the facility's 'puter. might require someone with Admin privileges to do it. In other words, it will require committee meetings, time and more time, a recommendation to fire the complainer for being too old or that the complainer, at the least, get glasses, etc.
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  10. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    Quote from Giga
    To the ones saying they're making extra notes or doing a more detailed version, all I can say is that is not the case in my situation. I know because I've been curious about this for a while so when I'm doing my montly random chart audits I've made a point to pull certain pts that have had X or Y nurse for several days and I've combed through EVERYTHING paper and computer. They most certainly are not taking a longer time because they're doing a more detailed job.

    I know I'm venting and it is NOT fair to generalize. I was just wondering if anybody else had the same frustrations as me. Maybe I'm just stuck with some LAZY nurses that are stuck in their ways.
    Who really knows what the exact trouble is with the nurses where you work? What do YOU think the trouble really is? How many nurses are you referring to? Have you investigated their work or talked with them directly?

    Be a detective.

    Meantime, do NOT give in to the temptation to badmouth your coworkers. You will only be causing pain for them but also for yourself when you find that they no longer like you and are no longer willing to help you with things you don't have mastered yet. And believe me, there are plenty of situation that, in 9 months, you have not yet encountered. Learn early, like now, to keep your thoughts to yourself when they are critical of others, unless you want to make trouble. If someone is dangerous, that's different. If they're merely annoying, be nice.
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  11. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    Quote from CloudySky
    Right. Seems Giga knows everything and harshly judges everyone "older" than her. Yet Giga wants older nurses to teach her things and gets angry if said old nurses want to chart thoroughly.

    I'd love to know more about the bonus she got for what she called "random" chart audits on the "older" nurses. Giga back peddled on that one among other things.

    She hasn't really said that she thinks she knows everything, has she?
  12. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    Quote from Giga
    I have thought of a solution. A timed computer competency test. So if somebody passes it but then still takes a long time charting then you know they COULD go faster but they simply choose not to. Think of all the advantages of going slow, mainly that you look busy when you're not and then you can con people into doing some of your job for you.
    Fee, fie, fo, foal,
    I smell the blood of a 'puter TROLL!!!!!


    LOL, I love it. I am absolutely ancient by your standards, Giga, yet here I have brilliantly updated an olde, olde "nursery rhyme" and made it relevant to this modern computer era in which we presently find ourselves!!! LMBO

    Remember, Giga, you are young now, but one of these days, you'll see that your best days are behind you, agewise. You'll get gray and wrinkled, start having physical ailments associated with years of backbreaking, veinbusting, hand callousing WORK. You'll be old and washed up but still need an income. Your boss will be younger than you, and on and on. Life and time have a way of causing us to wise up. And, as others have said, what you give out is what you will get back - maybe not today or tomorrow, but somewhere down the road, that payback is waiting for you.
  13. Visit  Kooky Korky profile page
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    Quote from Giga
    I have thought of a solution. A timed computer competency test. So if somebody passes it but then still takes a long time charting then you know they COULD go faster but they simply choose not to. Think of all the advantages of going slow, mainly that you look busy when you're not and then you can con people into doing some of your job for you.
    And if they don't pass the test, will they be able to be re-trained or will they get the boot?


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