Quote from VegGal
An LVN at work (LTC) showed some of us a large notebook that she keeps with info on her patients on a daily basis. She makes notes about them, about things that she's done for them, or conversations with them, changes in their condition, and even has notes from change of shift report written in there.
You know, VegGal, that is an interesting situation and I'm relatively sure some will poo-poo your coworker's journaling, but I am a big fan of keeping records for one's own use.
A journal is a record of personal, and in this case, also professional growth. I've been journaling for over 40 years and believe the process to be extremely therapeutic. The process of writing is a great way to assimilate information.
As far as a HIPAA violation, I don't know... If there is no way to connect the patient with identifying data, I don't see then how it could be violation of anyone's rights.
I applaud your coworker's journaling, and you too, VegGal, for your endeavor to gather data and compare notes.