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Web site spotlight: Nurses say distractions cut bedside time by 25%

Nurse Leader Insider, April 19, 2010

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Hospital nurses spend three hours of a typical 12-hour shift away from the patients' bedside to complete regulatory requirements, redundant paperwork, and other non-direct care, a recent online survey of more than 1,600 nurses found.

Some of the biggest distractions and time eaters include documenting patient care information in multiple locations, and completing logs, checklists, and other "redundant" paperwork, the nurses said. They also reported wasted time spent trying to secure equipment and supplies.

The nationwide survey, conducted last fall for Jackson Healthcare, the Alpharetta, GA-based healthcare staffing and management company, targeted nurses, nursing managers, and CNOs. It was conducted with StatCom and Travel Nurse Solutions, and was based upon the online responses from 1,663 hospital nurses.

"Nurses are being taken away from the patient's bedside by non-patient activities. Unfortunately, due to the regulatory nature of healthcare, we know that some of these redundancies won't go away," said Jackson Healthcare CMO Bob Schlotman.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit Nurses say distractions cut bedside time by 25%found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article to learn more on how suicide risk assessment is an important part of the survey process and patient safety or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).



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