Quote from Tweety
Steph, I was wondering what "it" was too.
tntrn, we have to bring out "computer on wheels" or "cow" into the room with us to pass meds, chart assessments, etc. So while we're with the patient, we're staring at a computer screen between us and the patient, and it requires that we're on our feet more, rather than sitting down to chart. Progress
Our labor rooms have computers in the rooms, at the bedsides, but still pecking away keeps me from having a face-to-face interaction with my patient. I have been known to print out the multi-page admission form and sit down with it, and go input the data later.
For our surgical rooms, we can take in a COW, but I find that so impersonal....and honestly you could do some of what needs to be done and NEVER even peek at the patient. I am sure they feel really well cared for when that happens. And I know that some nurses do exactly that.
I just can't.....I've been a nurse too long, used paper towels for my notes too long, written on my pant legs too often....just can't seem to make the computer the number one priority.