Crappy writing

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  • by cmonkey
    Specializes in student; help!.

Were I at all interested in med school, I could totally skip the chicken-scratch handwriting course. :sniff: Alas, I don't wanna be a doc, so I have to do something about my writing. If I print, and I'm slow, it's fine, but I don't imagine I can take a lot of time to be super careful on a shift.

Anyone else write like a 5 year old and get over it? How'd you do it?

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17 Articles; 44,720 Posts

Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

I'm the same way and I have to print. You learn to develop speed yet accuracy and better penmanship.


101 Posts

Specializes in med/surg, ER, camp nursing.

...and that's why I was thrilled when my new job had all computer documentation. Made life so much easier.

boggle, ASN, RN

393 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg.

I have to print also, otherwise I'm the only one who can read what I had written...(well, even I have trouble reading my writing sometimes). I got much faster with my printing once I started printing all the time.

Ruby Vee, BSN

17 Articles; 14,027 Posts

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching.

i get complimented on my "beautiful handwriting" all the time. unfortunately, no one can read it. *i* can't even read it some of the time! so i type.


181 Posts

I get in trouble for my writing all the time! :grn: Only solution is to print anything I can't type.

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VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

22 Articles; 9,986 Posts

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

Being a southpaw, I SHOULD have an excuse for lousy handwriting, but both my mother and sister were lefties too and they had the most beautiful, flowing script old Palmer ever dreamed of. So, I had to learn good handwriting I'm glad they made me work so hard on improving my cursive, because my printing is atrocious! :chuckle


681 Posts

NSA has contacted me about using my cursive as an unbreakable cipher.:jester:

Only problem is there is no way to decode it. Even by me, more than say, 5 minutes later. :cry:

vashtee, RN

1,065 Posts

Specializes in DOU.

My husband thinks his penmanship is good because he got an award for it when he was in 3rd grade, but his writing is so small and cramped, it is very hard to read. This just reminds me that people are sometimes the worst judge of how legible their penmanship really is. Therefore, my advice is to just forget the cursive and stick to printing. You'll get faster over time, and it is always easier to read than cursive.

I wish no one on my floor would use cursive.


317 Posts

Specializes in dialysis (mostly) some L&D, Rehab/LTC.

My clinical manager said I had the signature :nurse: of a serial killer. Has she been stalking me?


109 Posts

Specializes in Med/surg. ED. Palliative. Geront.

my handwriting is coroner proof.

It says whatever I want it to say...

pagandeva2000, LPN

7,984 Posts

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

I hope you all are not serial killers or demented nurses (:D). I do actually have very neat handwriting. This reminds me to pull out my handwriting analysis book (I actually have one)! It was a wonderful hobby and maybe I ought to do it again to keep myself busy.

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