A Plethora of Paperwork
I am an addict.
It is true.
My drug has been available to the general public for five years now. I discovered it a year ago.
Most people can take it without becoming emotionally affected. I, however, am drawn to it as a moth to a flame.
I suffer emotional withdrawal symptoms when it is taken from me, as it invariably is.
I swore I would not become involved again, but my family is co-dependent and encourage my participation. I am often forced against my will to relapse.
At work, I have to sneak into the back room to get my fix. Some of my co-workers know. Others have never discovered my secret.
I'm so ashamed.
It's cruel. It's encouraging. Sometimes, it puts people in the "dawg pound".
I am addicted.....to American Idol.
Please help me.
- Report must be faxed.
- This entails writing the entire report. So, everything that you have just spent hours writing on the nursing notes must be summarized and rewritten on the fax report form. Even I, with my passion for charting, think this is asinine. It is also mandatory.
- It takes longer to fill out the fax report than it does to verbally report.
- The only advantage is the nurse can't give you 15 reasons for not taking the patient any longer.
- In my facility, the policy is the patient comes up 30 minutes after the fax. Oh, and we call to confirm that the fax is on the way. In the beginning they mysteriously weren't received.
- Okay, in the interest of fairness, sometimes faxes are sent to the wrong floor or a bed number is changed after report has been faxed.
- And the floor/unit nurses get a 30 minute "heads-up" after the fax and before the patient arrives so they can prioritize prior to getting the patient. Which I know I would greatly appreciate if I worked up on the floors.
- We tried faxing the nursing notes instead for a brief period, thinking that would cover all the bases, but how shall I put this, not all nurses are thorough "charters" and/or it was difficult to read through to get the pertinent information.
- We need to practice "medication reconciliation".
- This means that, when a patient is going to be admitted, an exact list of what medications the patient is taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements must be listed, along with the dosage, frequency and the last time the patient took the medicine. Allergies and adverse reactions are also noted for a second time (first on the nursing notes).
- The goal is a noble one: to make sure the patient is discharged with the medications "matching" the ones they came in taking, with or without changes.
- This is all done on a new form that acts as a physician's order sheet for meds (ie they can check to order the drug as written or to not order it.
- Guess who gets to get all this information ready for admission - yep, the ER nurse. They say the family can fill out the form and sometimes the patients come in with beautiful computerized lists that bring tears of joy to my eyes. But usually the family is anxious about doing that so it falls to the nurse to complete.
- Oh, and by the way, those beautiful computerized lists? We can't copy them. They must be re-copied, by hand, on the form.
- Signature recognition
- On a separate form, in addition to signing your name twice on the nursing notes, you must print your name, sign your name, and designate your work station.
- Apparently illegible handwriting is making signature reading a lost art.
- To my blessed delight, my facility no longer requires this form. But for many months this was also mandatory.
I wish someone would tell these agencies off.
Where is Simon Cowell when you need him?