Nursing Notes

April 30, 2010

Survey: Nurses spending up to one quarter of time on indirect patient care

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: Nurse Melody McKever (L...
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We nurses have always known that there was much we did that took us away from our patients.  We all have been complaining for years that there is too much paperwork and not enough time!  Now, finally, there has been a research study to see exactly what nurses do during a 12 hour shift and to quantify how much of that 12 hours is actually patient oriented.  The findings below support what we nurses have been saying for the last 20 years.

I wonder why it has taken so long for someone to take us seriously.  Our patients have been neglected for all this time because of legal red-tape and government requirements as well as insurance requirements.  All nurses really want to do is take care of patients.  Why is that so hard to hear?

Please click over to read the entire article because this is really interesting information and we need to stay up with the current research on our field.  Let me know what you think, won’t you?

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Survey: Nurses spending up to one quarter of time on indirect patient care

Next time your nursing staff members complain about having too much paperwork and not enough time at the patient’s bedside, you can tell them their feelings are echoed by nurses nationwide, as shown by a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by Jackson Healthcare, an Alpharetta, GA–based healthcare staffing and management company, found that between 73% and 75% of nurses spend one-quarter of a 12-hour shift on indirect patient care services. The top reasons for being pulled away from patient care include:

  • Documenting information in multiple locations
  • Completing logs, checklists, and other unnecessary paperwork/data collection
  • Filling out regulatory documentation
  • Entering/reviewing orders
  • Walking to equipment/supply areas, utility rooms, etc.

“Nurses are being taken away from the patient’s bedside by non-patient activities,” Bob Schlotman, chief marketing officer at Jackson Healthcare, said in a press release. “Unfortunately, due to the regulatory nature of healthcare, we know that some of these redundancies won’t go away. However, the good news is methodology, in the form of process improvements, and adaptive technology now exists to help minimize and manage these frustrations for our nurses.”

More than 1,600 hospital-based nurses were part of the online survey………read the rest of the article

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