Meaningful use is a buzzword in healthcare these days. Most healthcare providers have heard of it. A few know that it has to do with documentation and electronic charting. But even fewer actually know what meaningful use is and how it is touching every part of the care we provide. One aspect of meaningful use which will greatly improve patient care is the continuity of care document. What is a Continuity of Care Document? Continuity of care documents (CCD) is a standard in electronic … [Read more...] about Meaningful Use and the Continuity of Care Document
Need to document your patient care? There's an App for that. Forgive the pun, but this will likely the norm for my App reviews and highlights. I just can't help myself. I Claim the Title Proudly I'm a nerd. There's no doubt about it. I get emotional and passionate about electronics. There are not many things much more nerdy than that. Technology thrills and excites me and even in the realm of healthcare I can honestly say I get giddy when I hear about a new innovation that will improve the … [Read more...] about Can an EMR be Beautiful? Artefact Thinks So
My BSN clinical experience has been very eye-opening. I feel like I have learned so much about how hospitals function, and yet know I have so much more to learn. To be embraced and invited into the executive meetings and to see the processes that occur to make change within an organization with patient care as the bottom line has been so refreshing. I know that the grass is always greener, and it may just be because I am looking over the fence, but I am impressed with their transparency in … [Read more...] about How Many People Are Involved in Patient Care?
A very real conversation - when nurses chart their medical care, are they depending too much on charting and not enough on connecting with the people they care for? Nurses Chart Too Much & Don't Think For Themselves Teresa Brown, R.N. wrote an article, featured in the New York Times, recently Caring for the Chart of the Patient, in which she discusses the very real challenge we face as nurses to document our care. She speaks about the mandates, and standards that we are forced to document … [Read more...] about Shocking Truth – Nurses Depend Too Much On Charting
What does a low census mean? For us it means high acuity patients, low staffing, and horribly busy nights. I must say, I am a bit apprehensive about my impending shift. Apparently the less patients you have, your patient to nurse ratio increases, and you don’t get a tech to help do vital signs. Once I’ve finally gotten everyone settled, its been 4 hours, I have to go around, wake everybody up, and start the process all over again. I try my very best to chart as I go. It is the the best … [Read more...] about Nurse Staffing Math Doesn’t Make Cents