Quality & Patient Safety

Simplifying nursing documentation provides nurses more time at the bedside

Patient Safety Monitor, September 1, 2010

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Nursing documentation is an oft-overcomplicated process. Although many Joint Commission standards require documentation, hospitals tend to write policies with which they cannot comply.

In HCPro’s April 30 audio conference, “Simplifying Nursing Documentation: Meet Regulatory Requirements and Reduce the Burden on Your Staff,” Bud Pate, REHS, vice president for content and development at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA, and Lisa Eddy, RN, CPHQ, senior consultant at Greeley, discussed problematic standards, the many ways that hospitals over-burden themselves concerning documentation, and successful approaches for improving compliance and reducing the load on the nursing department.

“Folks across the country are struggling with how much time nurses are spending at the chart or computer, rather than at the bedside, and we think this is one approach to addressing that while at the same time achieving compliance,” said Pate.

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