How much of nursing is paperwork?

  1. Here is a question that I haven't heard asked lately. How much of nursing work is charting and other forms of paperwork? Any specialties have a lot of writing, whereas others have very little? What percentage of your day is spent at a table scribbling or entering stuff in a computer?

    Finally, any good stories relating to paperwork?

    Just curious. Thanks

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  3. by   fergus51
    I think it depends more on the facility. I am now at a place that uses flow sheets and we only do narrative charting by exception. That means if all is well, my charting is only tick marks and vitals.

    I think that the more intensive specialties have more charting because they have to have assessments documented so often (once an hour in some places, as opposed to once a shift on some med surg floors). But med-surg seems to do a lot of narrative charting which is what takes forever. I swear I still have nightmares about my student days on med surg...."Alert and oriented x3 ... Blah blah blah blah....."
  4. by   USA987
    Most of the places we have done clinicals has flow sheets for charting as well. BUT...after having our legal seminar, I will no longer only chart by exception!!!

  5. by   canoehead
    Studies show that between one third and one half of a nurses' time is spent on paperwork- the amount of time goes up in critical care areas.
  6. by   GPatty
  7. by   mother/babyRN
    Way too much...Sigh.....