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Hello to all nurses reading this thread.

I know this question might sound stupid.

When is the right time to document nursing procedures in the client's chart right after you have performed a nursing procedure even though it's not your end shift or document it after your shift ( commonly used by my co stuff nurse) yikes!

Thanks a lot in advance.

I believe it is best to chart right after the procedure as much as possible. When I leave all of my charting or too much of my charting until the end of the shift, I find that I am more likely to leave things out or run into a "writer's block" as I look at the clock anticipating leaving.

Specializes in NICU, Post-partum.

I keep a notepad with me in my pocket.

I chart as I go along, but if I get busy, I can quickly write a time and a couple of words to remind me of what I need to chart later.

Never wait until the end of your shift to chart if you can help it.

Specializes in ER, progressive care.

Chart right after the procedure if you can or shortly after. But I do know some nurses who wait until the end of their shift to catch up on all of their charting.

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