I don't like charting. - page 2

I just finished my second clinical day and it has been a real eye opener. We were assigned our patients and told to do a skin assessment along with the ADL's. I absolutely loved the contact with my... Read More

  1. by   PMHNP10
    Quote from lisamc1
    Every 2 hours, though, I had to chart everything that I did. First of all, it is something that doesn't come easily to me. I can't seem to get a flow to it. It's all choppy..
    I have good news and bad news. Good news first. More than likely you will be working in a facility where you will not have to chart everything you do every 2 hours.

    Quote from lisamc1
    Second, I don't want to be sitting there charting when I could be with my patient! Third, it seems to take an awful lot of time.
    Now the bad news. Depending where you end up working, you could possibly spend more time charting (and doing other non hands-on care) than directly caring for the pt. Unfortunately this includes doing the little comfort care things for your patients.

    Quote from lisamc1
    I keep wondering exactly how much time am I going to spend charting and documenting once I have more than one patient? At the rate I'm going, I will need to do a 16 hour shift to complete all of my work! :uhoh21: Ok, ok, I KNOW that I need to chart. It's a big part of my job. I just don't like it. Do you think that this might change with time?
    Now more good news. As others have said, you will definitely get more efficient at charting. Practice certainly makes perfect.
  2. by   ERNurse752
    I second the recommendation of the "Made Incredibly Easy" line of books. They even have a journal you can subscribe to.

    And, just think, your charting will be the best way to save your butt and your future license when you go to court. So at least it's good for something.
  3. by   Roy Fokker

    Thanks for those suggestions
  4. by   KRVRN
    Well, always remember that when you have a job somewhere, you get used to the charting and it all comes faster and easier!

    When you're a student you have to get used to new charting and sheets every time you change clinical site. Plus you frequently only go to a site once a week so you have even less time to get used to it.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    "I don't like charting"

    wow that is MY mantra too! Join the club!