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- Apr 28, '06 by jo272wvI just graduated nursing school and will be doing grad nurse in a few weeks. I was wondering if there is any web sites that lets you print out pre written forms such as client flow sheets that can be used throughout the day and then transfered to the charts. I want to be organized when I start. Any suggestions?
- Apr 29, '06 by grinnurseI try really hard to get everything done before the next shift gets there and some days that works and other days it just doesn't. So, on the days that stuff doesn't get done, I have to pass it on. There are lots of times when we have docs that don't come in until 1730 or later and leave orders on our shift and I have to pass them on. I try really hard to get to any NOW orders b/f change but if I don't I know that's why I have someone else coming on b/c I can't always do it Then when I give report I tell the oncoming nurse what didn't get done during report, find a quiet place to go chart, and hopefully get out of there b/f it's time to come back:spin:
- Apr 30, '06 by seagullThanks for the tidbits of info, I've learned quite well from it. I am having this same problem in my workplace in the middle east. Too many work not enough time to chart them all but through time management I did got
:yeahthat:the hang of it. I am now able to get out on time.
- Apr 30, '06 by TweetyI stay and chart. It happens no matter how good you are at time management. However, if it's happening all the time and other co-workers are getting out on time, then you need to look at what you can delegate, what is and isn't a priority and what you can pass on.
If you are a new nurse, it takes time to get a groove on in med-surg. Most of the time I'm flying by the seat of my pants barely hanging on.
- May 4, '06 by General E. Speaking, RNMost of the time I'm flying by the seat of my pants barely hanging on.
- May 4, '06 by RunnerRNI always make sure my charting is complete....remember from nursing school "if it wasn't documented, it wasn't done." If you don't chart fully, you're just putting yourself at risk for problems.
I second the ideas of other posters. The oncoming shift should know that on occasion everything cannot get done in a 12 hour period. Of course, if it is a daily thing, you need to find a way to redirect yourself so you're getting more things done throughout the day. I have also found that keeping a note pad in my pocket and writing notes about meds, vitals, ambulations, etc that I've done helps me when I get a chance to chart. Plus, use every spare moment to write things in the chart.
I've only been a RN for a year, but I've already found that my charting is getting more brief, and I'm only including the things that need to be.
- May 8, '06 by janetrettein my hospital where we work, "the nurses should write all 10 nursing notes on our patient." our ratio is 1:10. however, on crazy notes i just write the most important. if other patient are stable i won't write a nursing note. our hospital has both the computer and chart charting. the computer chart the v/s, daily doc., assessment, iv, pain, pca, wound assessment.
- May 8, '06 by tizmonsterThere's a very cool hospital in Indianapolis, called the "Heart Hospital" - the nurses actually chart cases @ bedside with a laptop that is wired to a central desk in the unit. It allows the RN's to chart events in real time, and it distributes the information to the right departments. Cuts down on redundancy and allows everyone to "fast track" where the patient is in their treatments. The is a GE system, totally paperless. It's a real time saver - @ the end of your shift...it's all done.