Neither medicine nor nursing is practiced at the bedside anymore. Charting has consumed our professions. Charting is the act of writing and documenting patient care details. Do you want to know where your doctor or nurse is? More than likely, they have their heads buried in a computer somewhere far away from your every need.Yes, it is true. Charting has overtaken the medical profession. And it's not just nursing. Doctors do this too. I visit my doctor, and he sits before me, never touching me, never looking at me, barely picking his eyes up off his little lap top.
Why do we chart? Many reasons here:
- Cover your ass
- To bill
- To get paid
- If you don't chart it you didn't do it
- Because you have to
- Because Obamacare demands electronic charting now (which studies show has not increased the speed of charting, it's actually slowed it down)
Thoughts? Be nice!