Okay, it's a gripe and I'm whiny, but here goes. We are now live with Watchchild: all of it, not just the admission part. And I didn't like it before and I really don't like it now.
I had a delivery last night so had charting from 1510 to 1612 (time of delivery) plus the recovery and baby parts. The labor and delivery was very quick, unanesthetized and therefore, absolutely no time to make the computer happy. (and I don't consider it my priority). Anyway, after the recovery was all done and I had triage assigned for my last 4, I did the charting. That was a 2 hour 15 minutes job! Thank goodness triage was empty!
I do not like having to switch screens all the time; I now have a new fear and that is of missing something really important because there's no way to spread it all out and look.
Perhaps the saddest thing about all of this is that the patients are going to feel pretty neglected when the nurse's nose is buried in a keyboard all the time, and that's what it's going to amount to.
Don't like it. Another reason I'm happy to be retiring soon, and maybe sooner than I'd originally planned!
Thanks for listening.
We use WatchChild too. I'm a new nurse so I don't have much to compare it to, but I know that some of our agency nurses use TraceVue at the other hospital in town and seem to like it better.
I think we've been using WatchChild for some time - I don't think it's the latest version.
We use WatchChild through delivery (except for our drugs/MAR, which is in our hospital-wide compuer system and drug admin has to be signed off in there), then after delivery we switch to our hospital-wide system for postpartum charting. I don't like having to use two different systems that don't communicate. Then, of course, some things are still on paper so that's another whole thing...... (!)
I try to stay caught up on WatchChild as things unfold, whenever possible at least, or else I'm there forever after shift change catching up on charting.
Last edit by mitchsmom on Dec 20, '06