I have not been a fan of computerized charting for many reasons. I have been a registered nurse for 30 years. I have worked in several states that have computerized charting. Computers fail, backup systems fail and infomation can get into the wrong hands. I have always felt that computerized charting benefits those who need reports and has never been in the best interest of the patient or staff. Charting takes more time, and when the system is down we have to go to paper charting. I work where there aren't enough computers for everyone to work on so we wait until one is free to chart. We still print our notes and place them in the chart; the system is not user-friendly and is not linked to other programs we use. It is tragic when patient information is lost or when a patient is seen by a caregiver without that caregiver having access to their record at the time of the visit. How can one deliver care safely?
Esther Evans, RNMerced, Calif. To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.