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 patient. He was a very pleasant man to work with. He was oriented to name and was very patient with me. I made a mistake because I forgot to use isolation precautions on him at the first. I totally missed the big red stop sign beside his door. :imbar Anyways, once the nurse came in and gave me a gentle reminder to gown up and put my mask on, all was well.
I even noticed a new Stage I decub on his foot. He was ordered a bed crib.
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. 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. 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?