This topic has probably been touched upon before. But the sheer volume of paperwork on our unit is really getting me down. And it's getting worse, I've been off for two weeks and come back to even more. Some of it not appropriate to our area (but trustwide, so we have to complete it) and some of it repetitive
. And I wonder if anyone ever reviews the current paperwork.
Of course I understand the importance of paperwork, documentation, risk assessments and care planning. We need to justify our care and recognise the needs of each individual. Paperwork is really important. Which is probably another reason it stresses me out. But it's at the point now that when I hear that I'm getting an admission, all I can think of is the 30+ pages of paperwork that will need to be done.
I feel better for the rant. But ranting won't help manage my documentation time or leave shift on time, instead of getting off at least an hour late every day so I can write write write. I'd really like to try think of ways we can improve the issue, and help make the wards paperwork less daunting and more manageable.
So I'm wondering if anyone has any examples of how they've helped manage the paperwork on the ward. I've thought of some...like keeping care plans by the bed so things can be documented there and then, having the MDT write in one set of notes so I'm not sending time reading several files of notes that all belong to one patient, and also maybe putting together admission packs so things don't get missed.
Any ideas would be very welcome