hi everyone!who enters admission orders in ltc? physicians or the nurses??
i work on a ltc floor in a hospital(it's orthopedic rehab but considered ltc because pts can stay for more than 2 weeks, longest someone has stayed since i started working was 2.5 months).
all the newgrads are required to work on a project concerning issues or problems on our units. i asked the nurses on my floor for ideas. the nurses enter admission orders for the physicians. it's time consuming and many times the mds will accidentally leave out meds that are important. we've had pain medicine, asthma meds, and cpap orders missing. we'd like the physicians to enter the orders instead of the nurses.
i know that nurses don't enter the orders on the acute care units, we are the only ltc unit in the hospital.
if it's the norm for the nurses to do it in other facilities, this will not be a viable project. if it's not the norm, then i may be able to use this as a topic.
thanks in advance for any responses! : )