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News: Nurses spending more time on indirect patient care

CDI Strategies, February 2, 2012

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Three hours a day. That’s how much time, out of a 12-hour shift, nurses say they spend on indirect patient care tasks such as documenting orders and coordinating care with other departments, according to a new study from Jackson Healthcare and Care Logistics. The survey collected information from more than 400 nursing professionals whose most time consuming non-clinical care tasks included:

  • Documenting information in multiple locations
  • Completing logs, checklists and collecting data  
  • Documenting for regulatory purposes  
  • Traveling to equipment, supply and dirty utility rooms
  • Entering and reviewing orders



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