Originally posted by bshort:
<STRONG>This months survey question:
Has the use of computer technology taken the nurse away from the bedside?
Please take a minute to answer our yes or no survey at the bottom of the allnurses.com homepage
Also, please reply to this post and give us your more detailed responses.</STRONG>
Today was a good example of PC's taking me away from my pt's bedside and took up way too much of my time!
First..pt. returned from pass on Sunday. This morning received NO breakfast due to the "system" refused to except that he was there! After hearing the feedback from the unit secretary about how sorry the evening, and nite shift was to not have had the problem resolved prior to this am. I called dietary..(in the midst of trying to give meds)..to have them just send a tray up! They replied they can't until they could print a ticket for that pt. Frustrated by this time, as my DM pt. needs weren't being taken care of, and unable to get my hands around the throat of the rude, and seemingly uncaring dietary staff, I finally was able to get them to send a tray up by sending a hand written request throught the tube system!
Next...a pt. was transferred from another unit...AT LUNCH time!!! Why he couldn't have stayed on the floor until he ate lunch is waaay beyond me! Same problem! Same solution!!!
Next...pt. transferred at 0945, unable to get med orders to come up! Orders needed to be released to our unit, but no one knew what the problem was! I called, talked, grabbed anyone I even thought could help! Finally got orders released, after talking to NP, CN, Unit secretary, Pharmacy TWICE, Nurse manager, and finally after I pitched a total hissey..got orders released at 1300hrs!!!! I ended up having to stay over to chart!!! I let my unit manager know that this was TOTALLY unacceptable, and took waaaay took much time! This man was in pain, and I had to give meds to him by looking at the history to figure out what time the last pain was given, so I could medicate him! I had to get the NP to verbally ok my giving the meds as without this, I could have given the meds, and later found out they had been DC'd!
Give me paper charts anyday!