Will I ever get faster?

  1. I am seeing 12 to 15 family practice patients per day. Not an unreasonable load. No pressure to go faster other than the fact that patients don't like to be kept waiting. I take my scheduled time with the patient - jotting down what I have to on a scratch note, and then I do my charting on a computer later - at lunch and at the end of the day. It's working - but I am very afraid of the day when I end up with 24 scheduled appointments! I will be charting until midnight!

    Any tips from other NP's out there?
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    About gauge14iv, RN, NP

    Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 1,818; Likes: 129
    FNP; from US
    Specialty: 23 year(s) of experience in ICU, ER, HH, NICU, now FNP


  3. by   nursetim
    I'm an NP student and I have the same concern. Any NP's want to share?
  4. by   sirI
    Sure, you will pick up speed as you go and yes, sometimes you will be charting for hours after everyone is gone. I don't do that anymore for I'll return early the next day if I'm overloaded with charting. Sometimes I get called away to the hospital and never return. Circumstances alter situations.

    I dictate all my entries. I use the sticky paper to jot down notes and dictate from them. But, sometimes, you have to just take the time to catch up, especially if you have a heavy day. Just takes discipline to sit down and do it.
  5. by   gauge14iv
    I am getting dragon dictate next week - I have used the non-med version and it was ok, I trialed the new med version and LOVE it!

    I found it in the 600.00 range. I don't care if *I* have to pay for it - It will be worth it I think.
  6. by   sirI
    that is a good idea, guage14iv.

    for my business, i have dragon speak, but having issues training it to recognize my drawl. hahahaha

    you'll definitely pick up speed as you go along.
  7. by   gauge14iv
    LOL I noticed that it doesn't seem to like a southern accent as well - which gets worse on my part as I get tired...

    Version 9 is SCHWEET! however and I havn't had to fight with it like I did version 8.

    (as I sit here with my coffee finishing 18 charts)
  8. by   sirI
    hahahaha, I know that feeling. Fatigue and dragon speak do not a good mixture make. hahahaha