Don't look at the charts!

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    So the way the system is, you can't make major changes when certain people are in the charts. The doctor needed to put orders in and a nurse up on the floor who was not going to receive the patient was in the chart.

    Meaning, I had to call up the nursing supervisor and ask them to find the nurse and tell her to get out of the chart. Of course the nurse swears she wasn't in the chart (I read her name and title right off the doctor's screen).

    We didn't really care. We assumed she would get the patient and that's why she was in the chart. Nope, the patient went to a step down and not a med-surg. We even had her user ID. In the future, don't look in people's charts in the ER no matter how curious you are. You never know when you'll get caught.

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    When I worked in the hospital, I saw several aides and nurses get fired for looking at electronic charts of patients not on their unit.
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    She might not have been in the chart herself but her password may have been compromised and someone else was. Either way, some counseling may be in order.
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    In my area, there have been lots of firings of nurses and other hospital workers (but mostly RNs) who looked in the charts of those they were not caring for. In the electronic world, everything you touch is recorded!

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