You will be amazed (I was at least) - page 2
Yesturday a physician came to our recovery area to see a post-op pt. He wrote orders and I glanced at them as I always do before he left (so I wouldn't have to page him in 3 minutes for clarification... Read More
May 18, '02Occupation: QI - medical review coordinator Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 530; Likes: 14We had an ER Doc subpoenaed for a trial where he had cared for one of the people involved, and he couldn't read his own writing on the witness stand. He was a wonderful person and was very supportive of the nurses. He just couldn't write legibly, even for himself.
May 18, '02Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 974; Likes: 52we have some docs with excellent handwriting and we have others that might as well just draw pictures.
theres no reason for that. its sloppiness and inconsiderate.
May 18, '02Occupation: LPN Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 2; Likes: 1It's amazing that docs can perform delicate surgery and still not write legibly!
May 19, '02Joined: Dec '01; Posts: 3,165; Likes: 59I like the portable typewriter thing!
My handwriting is terrible. I've tried and tried to improve, but...my hand starts cramping and then it's all over.... :-(
I just wish I could bring the keyboard and type my nurse's notes.
---ooo, gonna add that to the allnurses.hospital thread...
May 19, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Feb '01; Posts: 1,840; Likes: 218Crazynurse, DITTO to what you said!
May 19, '02Occupation: RN/Risk Management Joined: May '02; Posts: 130; Likes: 2Come to the VA hospitals-- You'd get to type and type and type and type .......
The orders are typed too!
There are many, many computer templates and documents for each patient and much duplication to boot.
The problem is with the convoluted wording of the orders. What was the doc's intentions or plans for the patient for that particular order? Is what the nurses have to question frequently.
May 19, '02Occupation: ortho RN Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 18I had a doc tell me that if you can read it, it is an order- if not then it is a suggestion!