I am a student in FL. I have been thinking about something recently and was curious if you could help me come to a conclusion.
We, as students, are not allowed to "chart" in patient medical records, at the LTC facility we are at.
We have a person who, since us beginning at that facility, has taken a serious turn for the worse. Now, no one is blaming students or anything like that but where my thought lies is, as a nurse, if you don't chart it--it did not get done, correct?
In Florida, I don't know about other states, students are held responsible for their actions, that is why I have NSO coverage.
So, my question is, if students are not allowed to chart their activities with a patient, and something comes up in the future, what is to protect that student from litigation or worse losing their license?
I was thinking of proposing something to my school regarding a chart system kept at our school, I just don't know what ramifications that might have.
We were told that when we get along further in the "program" we will be charting but for now, there is nothing to "CYA."
I posted this to a staff member who thought this is a good "Group think."
Anyone have any feedback to assist me in my next move with my school and its, or the LTC facilities policy on students charting?