Dumb question from nursing student...

  1. I am a nursing student in my junior year going for my BS RN. So far I love the feild of nursing and I am excited to soon become a nurse, except for one thing...all the paperwork! I was wondering what specialties, if there are any, where there is minimal paperwork.
    Thanks, Fawn
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    Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 3
    Obstetric Nurse

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  3. by   ERNurse752
    Nowhere!

    It gets better as you get more practice though. You won't have to think about it as much and will take less time. Computer charting can be nice and speed things up as well...when it's working, harhar.

    Good luck with the rest of school and welcome to the board!!!
  4. by   Fiona59
    That's why I'll be an LPN until the end. Far less paperwork. I want to do bedside care, not deal with setting up homesupport, social worker meetings, hold the families hand at every corner. That was the future of the RN in the LTC system I worked in. Most of the RN's knew the families and all the paperwork, but couldn't put a face to the chart, nine times out of ten..
  5. by   doobiedo
    If you don't want paper work then better not go into LTC. Depending on the answers to one piece of paper may require you to fill out 3 more..!

    Paper work I don't mind as much as the redundancy...vital signs have to be put in 3 places...weights in 2 places, I & O's also in 2 places.... ...etc....and if you didn't do it right you recieved post it notes or phone call reminding you about "our policy"
    Never worked with computer charting as I have been out of clinical for 5 years now...I don't miss it
  6. by   RN4NICU
    I agree with doobiedo


    I don't mind paperwork at all, it is the double (and triple) charting that frustrates me. Give me ONE place to chart something. If that makes more work for the chart reviewer or the MD looking for information - TOUGH! Yet if it were more standardized, they would know exactly where to look, so there is really no excuse for requiring nurses to double chart. It only increases the margin for error.

    Don't know of ANY nursing specialty with less paperwork, can only think of specialties with MORE.
  7. by   prmenrs
    To quote a current commercial: Start liking it!! There are ways that it could take less time, like computers and familiarity, but it's unlikely to decrease.
  8. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from prmenrs
    To quote a current commercial: Start liking it!! There are ways that it could take less time, like computers and familiarity, but it's unlikely to decrease.
    I love those commercials!!

    L.A.? N.O.
    Hawaii? A-NO-ha.


    By the way, OP, the paperwork you will be doing as an RN is NOT nursing care plans. That may make a difference in how you perceive it.
  9. by   ERNurse752
    Good point. Care plans sucked my will to live. Regular charting is much, much better. Not fun, but better.
  10. by   z's playa
    This reminds me of the thread inquiring about minimal foot work and nursing.
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from Fawn
    I am a nursing student in my junior year going for my BS RN. So far I love the feild of nursing and I am excited to soon become a nurse, except for one thing...all the paperwork! I was wondering what specialties, if there are any, where there is minimal paperwork.
    Thanks, Fawn
    All of our documentation, including our MAR's are all on computer and it makes a huge difference. Get a job where they are already totally computerized. It's wonderful ! Shouldn't be hard to find.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Nursing is synonymous with mountainous reams of paperwork. Sad but true.
  13. by   BETSRN
    Quote from Fawn
    I am a nursing student in my junior year going for my BS RN. So far I love the feild of nursing and I am excited to soon become a nurse, except for one thing...all the paperwork! I was wondering what specialties, if there are any, where there is minimal paperwork.
    Thanks, Fawn
    There is paperwork everywhere but an excessive amount in community nursing (home health care).
  14. by   LilRedRN1973
    I don't mind paperwork at all, it is the double (and triple) charting that frustrates me. Give me ONE place to chart something. If that makes more work for the chart reviewer or the MD looking for information - TOUGH! Yet if it were more standardized, they would know exactly where to look, so there is really no excuse for requiring nurses to double chart. It only increases the margin for error.

    This is my complaint when I do clinicals in areas other than where I currently work. I work in the ICU and the only place we chart, with the exception of meds and caremaps (which are NOT like careplans and take less than 5 min. to go through and initial), we do everything on the computer. But the rest of the hospital (except other critical care areas), they chart on paper and in about 3 different spots. It's maddening!!!! I agree that it opens up the chance for error. Think about having 3 different Dayplanners....something is NOT going to written down in all 3 of those Dayplanners. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our computer charting. I know some don't like it and I think maybe it depends on the program your facility uses. We use one called QS (I'm not sure what it stand for) and it's great. Very user friendly and very comprehensive. It doesn't take long to get it down....I think I was charting alone within 2 weeks of starting as an Apprentice Nurse.

    Melanie

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