Nurses increasingly buried by paperwork, redundant duties (The News-Press)

  1. Evolving roles cut into time spent with patients

    By Jennifer Booth Reed
    jreed@news-press.com
    Originally posted on December 25, 2006

    Nurses belong with patients. That's like saying teachers belong with students and athletes belong with spectators.

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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   snowfreeze
    I am working at a facility that is starting the TCAB approach. What I am seeing is good so far.
  4. by   oldiebutgoodie
    JCAHO is one of the main problems in the increasing paperwork issue. I would love to spend more time with my patients, but I have to chart an unbelievable amount of Bull....

    Oldiebutgoodie
  5. by   banditrn
    I am sick, sick, sick of all the redundancy! It was bad enough in the hospital, but in a LTCF, it's just stupid. I have to chart an accucheck 3 different places - and that's just one little thing!:angryfire
  6. by   ryanfocker
    great article. i am esp surprised that nurses spend less than 2 hours per shift on direct pt care! probably because nurses think "for everything i actually DO, I have to chart it THREE times" so i guess i won't do it.

    i wish we could go high tech with all the charting and communication. and chart by exception. i would all but eliminate charting with pen and paper.

    i also like the idea of writing on a board everything that will be done during the day, I do that with my pt's every day already and they seem to appreciate it. and the window for them to relax and not get poked and prodded is vital.
  7. by   RobCPhT
    What do you guys think about electronic systems that reduce the amount of time you spend charting?
  8. by   Green turtle
    Not all electronic charting systems are created equally! One of the hospitals in my area has a system where you end up charting every piece of information 4 times - twice in the paper chart, then twice on the computer. I found that the patients in my area were not getting excellent care because the nurses were burnt out. Some of the problem was that the nurses there spent so much time charting. Three days of the obnoxious charting (and the bad attitudes) were all I could take. 6+ years of critical care nursing and 3 days were all I could stand...

    I had been computer charting on another system for 2 years. It was great. It beat paper charting because everyone could see what everyone else charted without having to track down the paper chart.

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