> Think about how many times a physician stands around waiting to see a patient
> that needs a nursing history, vital signs,
Just in case anyone isn't aware, there is no need for a nursing history,
etc. if the physician is "standing around." This has always been one of
my pet peeves: waiting for a nurse - whom you need to give meds, etc. to
some other patient in the department - to finish a "nursing assessment"
on a patient that you are ready to see.
When the physician is caught up and ready to see a new patient, a
"nursing assessment" is basically a superfluous waste of time which
accomplishes little except to back up the department. (S)he should
simply write "Physician presently available" and hand the chart over,
saving him/herself work and improving patient flow.
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