chicken scratch

  1. I am so fed up with bad handwriting in patient charts. Sometimes I'll stare at written notes and wonder if I could actually be a nurse. It takes me a long time to figure out what something says.

    I don't understand why it is so hard to write. I know this is very dangerous, I asked a nurse what a word was and she thought it was Morphine.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   itsme
    If you cant read the docs writing, call for an order clarification, NEVER guess as to what they MIGHT be saying!
  4. by   essarge
    This is a problem that has been going on a long time. Some hospitals are going to a "computer only" system, where the doc has to put the order in him or herself. I think it's wonderful because then it is their responsibility!
  5. by   altomga
    They do tend to forget to give the course in decription while in nursing school don't they?? LOL
    Always clarify if you aren't sure.....I can say you usually get pretty good at reading the orders though..eventually....
    My facility is going to be going to computerized entry system eventually and that should help us.....GOOD LUCK!
  6. by   Caitlin's Mommy
    Originally posted by itsme
    If you cant read the docs writing, call for an order clarification, NEVER guess as to what they MIGHT be saying!

    Amen!My grandmother was a nurse for over 25 years.When I first started school she was always telling me when in doubt ask questions,and if I couldn't read what a doctor wrote ask.Better safe than sorry.
  7. by   eb_rn
    its not that it is "so hard" to write, its just so time consuming, work 12 BUSY hours and dont even start charting until after u have given report to the oncoming shift, see how pretty ur handwriting is, not excusing it, just explaining it.
  8. by   RNinRubySlippers
    My instructor told us to read it upside down! It works! BUT ALWAYS CLARIFY WHAT YOU ARE UNSURE OF!
  9. by   ton
    mmmm sorry my handwriting is also bad....
  10. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by Mithrah
    I am so fed up with bad handwriting in patient charts. Sometimes I'll stare at written notes and wonder if I could actually be a nurse. It takes me a long time to figure out what something says.

    I don't understand why it is so hard to write. I know this is very dangerous, I asked a nurse what a word was and she thought it was Morphine.
    I agree... ithink its laziness

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