I work at a facility with computerized everything..MAR, TAR, orders..the whole shebang.
I personally LOVE it!
We don't scan anything..we have a laptop attached to the med cart. But still the same ol' med cart..pull the drawer open, pull your med, pop the pill..
Our "clicks" are limited to only one box for each med (you click the box, your initials fill the box). We don't have to click off route, or anything else. However, when putting an order in, its easy..click the med, the route, time, etc. I dont see how point and click for each box is any more time consuming that writing your initials in each box of each med given.
Reduces wrong time med errors. With the old paper MAR's its very easy to give a med at the wrong time, with the computer, you click what med pass you want (3-430p, 4-6, etc) it then brings up only the meds that have been entered for that specific time frame.
i started my nursing in this facility and have only used computerized MAR's, I did do my clinical med passes in facilities with paper MAR's and HATED it. i personally would DREAD going to a facility that was paper MAR's etc..ughhh. If our computers went down, we do have paper MAR's..I had to use those on a few occasions..and holy crow...it took me forever to do the med pass. Trying to look through all the meds..looking for my particular time frame...I wanted to hang myself by the end of the shift.
I can see how a LTC nurse who's used to paper MAR's having a hard time adjusting to the computerized ones..but once they get use to it I'd think they would be just fine.