Hello all and thanks in advance for any light that you can shed on this for me!
I work in a retirement home, but am a BSN student (starting 4th year in Sept...YAY). Since we are retirement and not nursing, our guidelines are a bit more relaxed than in a traditional LTC (hence why I am permitted to work as a "nurse" and not psw/hca). One peculiarity in particular that I've noticed is that when charting on residents...the other staff in my facility never use the word "I". When referring to themselves, they say "writer".
Example: "When the resident was approached by writer he became very weepy."
I don't get it. If I'm signing my name at the end, shouldn't it be obvious that I am the writer!?
Does anyone know of any general guidelines to follow while charting with regards to use of person, etc that I may not have picked up yet? (BTW: I've done mostly charting by exception, and computer-based clinicals, so I lack some experience in paper charting).
Thank you muchly!