Nursing

Web site spotlight: Standardize note taking and shift reporting with a report card

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 29, 2009

Marsha-Gaye Elson-Joseph, BSN, knew her nursing career could take her anywhere. Different facilities. Different units. Different states. The former TV news writer entered the industry because "there are a million different things you can do in nursing."

But she never expected her career would take her to a copy center.

After a particularly frustrating day at her job as a per diem nurse at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami last November, Elson-Joseph came home and contemplated a way to improve communication with her colleagues. With help from her husband, an IT specialist at a nearby hotel, she created a Microsoft Word document she started using to capture patient information. She went to Kinko's, made some copies, had it bound, and was somewhat surprised by the positive result.

"It didn't look too bad," she says. "I received lots of support from my family and we thought, 'Hey, maybe we can start a business.'"

A couple of months later, the RNReport Card, a lightweight 5 x 7 inch booklet aimed at standardizing the note taking and shift reporting process for nurses, has sold out of its first edition in just three weeks through the company's Web site.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from "Enterprising Florida nurse earning high remarks with RNReport Card" found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com. Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.

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