Electronic Tracking of Nursing Activities

  1. Virginia Beach hospital to have high-tech tracking

    When Sentara Princess Anne Hospital opens in August, it will feature a high-tech way to track who sees patients and how much time caregivers spend in their rooms.

    Hospital staffers will be issued badges with tags that are scanned when they enter and leave a patient's room. Different tags will be assigned to different workers, and colored lights outside the room will indicate who is inside: say, blue for a physician or green for a nurse.

    The information will be stored on a computer, so workers can better monitor the frequency and duration of the visits.

    Equipment, such as portable X-ray machines, can be tagged and tracked through the system, a product of Rauland-Borg, a Chicago communications technology company.

    Stephen Porter, president of the Sentara Princess Anne campus in Virginia Beach, said this and other new technology at the hospital will help ensure that patients are getting enough attention. The system also will alert more hospital workers if a patient's call bell remains unanswered for a certain amount of time.

    "It's not so much that we're trying to be Big Brother," Porter said. "We're going to be able to provide an environment that allows our staff to be at the bedside more."

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    Last edit by brian on Apr 7, '11 : Reason: formatting
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  2. 137 Comments

  3. by   PMFB-RN
    "it's not so much that we're trying to be big brother," porter said.

    *** uh, hu. sure.

    "we're going to be able to provide an environment that allows our staff to be at the bedside more."

    *** the answer to that is very simple. reduce the abserd amount of charting nurses are forced to do. double and tripple charting and poorly desinged computer charting systems are rampant in hospitals these days.
  4. by   MisterSimba
    I agree about the charting! I love hearing, "The nurses barely spend any time with their patients! They just sit at the computer all day..." Yeah, because they're forced to chart every move you make on an archaic system from the early 90s! Why can't Steve Jobs invent a user-friendly charting system? iChart, anyone?
  5. by   coogabooga
    Wow, my brain is spinning thinking about the possibilities and at the same time, liability... So, scary, but honestly, how often are nurses in lawsuit situations?? Like really, how many nurses have lost money and possibly jobs due to lawsuits? Maybe I should post this on a separate thread...
  6. by   MiamiNrs
    We have been using this system at my hospital for years. Yes, it does seem like Big Brother watching you constantly. However, it can be beneficial in certain situations. We had a pt complain that her calls were not being answered and our manager ran the activity report showing that staff members had entered the room over 20 times during the shift. The pt and her doctor (who she complained to) were both eating humble pie.
  7. by   *Posh*
    Quote from MiamiNrs
    We have been using this system at my hospital for years. Yes, it does seem like Big Brother watching you constantly. However, it can be beneficial in certain situations. We had a pt complain that her calls were not being answered and our manager ran the activity report showing that staff members had entered the room over 20 times during the shift. The pt and her doctor (who she complained to) were both eating humble pie.
    Same here... not one negative experience. Backs you up when you have the "customer service" police breathing down your neck because "nobody checked on me ALL day" lol
  8. by   FLmomof5
    Like any technology, it can be used for good or bad. In one hospital where I did clinicals, the nurses and CNA's wore a device clipped to their uniform. When the call light was on and then the nurse entered the room, the device would turn off the call light. (I am sure it also recorded how long it took to answer....) Yet, as it has just been said, if the pt complains with falsehoods, this would back up the staff.
  9. by   needshaldol
    I am not in favor of this but I am old schooled. This is another way the system is working on making nurses robots. Control, control, control. Too much electronic charting mostly done to avoid law suits. I cannot imagine any doc looking at any of my electronic charting other than I and O, Vitals and possibly Nursing notes. Or, some one audititing. Lots of time spent at the computer; less with patient.
  10. by   ky_grl82
    Yes they are at all the hospitals in my area as well. I am a nursing student so I didn't know about them tracking how many times and how long the nurse stays in the room. Guess that it is why they have those computer/med cart on wheels, so they can chart in the room.
  11. by   Esme12
    Quote from pmfb-rn

    "it's not so much that we're trying to be big brother," porter said.

    *** uh, hu. sure.


    "we're going to be able to provide an environment that allows our staff to be at the bedside more."
    i've seen it used for good and bad on both sides (staff and administration)........i have also seen very creative nurses invent really brilliant ways to avoid dectection for bad behaviors and babysitting by big brother.......you cannot treat intelligent, self directed individuals.....treat them like kindergardeners and not expect some very well placed rebellion and genius solutions.

    i remember one who wore it on her lab jacket or stethoscope.........one of which, jacket or stethoscope....make regular rounds
    Last edit by Esme12 on Apr 6, '11
  12. by   reigh
    Quote from pmfb-rn
    *** the answer to that is very simple. reduce the abserd amount of charting nurses are forced to do. double and tripple charting and poorly desinged computer charting systems are rampant in hospitals these days.
    hi very interested in your opinions i am an rn too so what parts of electronic charting do not work for you and what parts are the most helpful too you as a nurse. are there work-flow issues of when and were you chart what? do you have the options to choose in assessments and the flexibility you need when charting. what paper form do you like best?
  13. by   cabanaboy
    Quote from MisterSimba
    I agree about the charting! I love hearing, "The nurses barely spend any time with their patients! They just sit at the computer all day..." Yeah, because they're forced to chart every move you make on an archaic system from the early 90s! Why can't Steve Jobs invent a user-friendly charting system? iChart, anyone?
    It's not that the technology isn't there. It's a matter of facilities wanting to pay for it.
  14. by   rnmi2004
    In other news...the 81-year-old nurse finally quit. She was last heard mumbling something about the straw that broke the camel's back...

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