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

Nurse Leader Insider, May 10, 2010

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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.

Editor’s note: To read the rest of this article, visit “Survey: Nurses spending up to one quarter of time on indirect patient care” found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.

 



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