Hi. How do you all make sure your summaries are done in a timely manner? I have nurses in the building who say they can't possibly get their summaries done and want to come in on their day off (with pay) to finish the summaries. One nurse said she just didn't have time...she has 15 patients...no sick people, no IVs, one gtube...15 ! and she wanted to come in on her day off to do her summaries!!?!?!? Is it me or what?
We have all the summaries assigned and they arrive on the floor usually by the 20th of the month. They are supposed to be done between the 30th and the 5th of the month.
Feb 13, '08
I would ask myself if this is the only nurse who doesn't get her summaries done?
Is it a facility wide problem or just a lazy nurse problem.
My nurses didn't tell me but one time that they didn't have time to do something. When they told me that I launched a full scale investigation to answer the question WHY? do they not have time.
I found out--Sometimes there were things that I could do to help them better manage their time. Sometimes there were things I could fix that were wasting their time. Sometimes, I found out that they had time to have an affair with the maintence man.
Make sure that the monthly summaries are as easy and quick to do as possible. Don't put too much on your med nurses. You may find an easier way to do the summaries--or you may find out that they take too many breaks.
I would investigate WHY?
Angela RN BSN former DON
Last edit by sirI on Feb 14, '08
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