I feel like charting requirements and various other required tasks have made it so that the time I should be spending with patients is now being spent with my computer. Nursing used to be a ‘service’ profession, but I feel like it is more of an industry now. Get them in, get them out, dot your “i”s and cross your “t”s. Does anyone else feel this way?
Absolutely. No one in management cares that you went out of your way to help someone, or that the 10 hours you spend keeping up with journals each week actually enables you to provide care thats up to date with EBP. You can be a mediocre nurse, with a subpar knowledge base and a bad attitude, but if you can chart well, you’re in line for employee of the month. (Boy, did that sound bitter, or what? Sorry. )
Hey Jake: I hope you aren’t talking about me there … my charting is all that good. As far as employee of the month goes, i discovered that you are ineligible for it if you have had any disciplinary action taken against you in the preceding 12 months. That is why I have never gotten it, because I have never gone that long without getting myself into trouble 🙂 Next month will be the 12 month anniversary of my last suspension, so feel free to nominate me, I could use the extra vacation day 😉
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