Monday, June 20, 2005

more about the thesis

my classmate and i had a meeting with the head nurse of the pediatric ward that we will be doing our bachelor's thesis for. it was a good meeting, a real eye opener. she told us that the ward will start piloting an electronic charting system this fall, which makes our thesis work all the more challenging. it will be certainly very interesting but very very challenging. i am almost a bit scared to think about it. it means that we have to really *learn* the new electronic charting system because how else are we going to know what its strengths and weaksnesses are? now i like working with computers and i am a pretty fast learner when it comes to programs and such, but i am certainly no geek. and the two other members of our group are very un-geek-like. so this should be interesting.

are there any nurses out there working at a hospital using an electronic charting system? what do you think is good and what is bad about these type of charting systems? at this point i know nothing about the system except that it is developed by a finnish company, and it's not used anywhere else but this particular hospital. what will be lost when one's individual writing is replaced by certain terms to describe a patient's condition? that is how i *think* the charting system will work, but i don't know for sure.

our next step is to write a letter to the hospital's pediatric cost centre's board, and ask for a permission to do our thesis.


Anonymous Ruth N. said...

The hospital where I am training has a computer system. The drs do all their prescribing on it, and it prints out drugs charts at the appropriate times for drugs rounds. We do a lot of admission paperwork on it, and use it to communicate with other departments in the hospitals, like the kitchens and the labs. It has all their lab and investigation results on it, and the nurses write their progress notes on it too. You can write exactly what you would write on paper - it's great, since everyone's entries are legible!

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Blogger HypnoKitten said...

How is your thesis going?

10:09 AM  
Blogger Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

We just switched to electronic charting over the last year and have gone to EMAR for our medications. Once you get used to it, you will never go back! Especially if you can type!
I'm having to come up with a thesis of my own for the Nurse Practitioner program soon. Yuck! Good luck with yours!

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