Now before some may see this thread and think "another nurse, not computer savvy, complaining of computers..." think again. I've worked with computers all my life and charted with computers throughout my experience in the hospitals. Some good, some better than others, some not great at all. My hospice agency has recently switched to laptops and POC program charting for the last two weeks. It's awful. I've managed to be somewhat proficient to a certain degree but it is horribly long and tedious. The families want to talk with my face to face, not have me staring at a computer screen. The forms are longer and the navigation is clunky and archaic. So I'm ending up doing a lot (1 1/2 hours +) of work at home spent charting.
I'm so down, I'm already a bit overwhelmed at the task at hand, much less feel like my "time off" is no longer. I tried making it "fun" and did it "watching" a movie with my fiancÚ. Bad move.
I absolutely love my job, get multiple compliments, and I think I just do a good job, however, this isn't going to jive. Immediate management is aware we (nurses) are struggling, but since it's corporate call we can't do much. Sure, I can send a long winded note to corporate, but I don't think that's going to be all swell. Would love to hear from nurses with similar experiences or any words of advice. How many of you use computers? How much work is being done at home???