Sorry I haven’t posted recently…blogging isn’t top of my priority list, but as this site is new, I guess it should be!
Fortunately or unfortunately my job in the real world of psychiatric nursing has kept me away from here. I work 12 hour shifts, days and nights…it’s not fun! At my age, this isn’t how I envisioned my life as a nurse I can tell you!
Really…I’m not sure what I envisioned way back when I was starting out. I was, like all nurses I’m sure, just a tad green, and idealistic. Of course there are nurses starting their careers purely for monetary reasons I’m sure. It’s a well paid profession, and why shouldn’t that be a factor?
I know when I had to find a career to support me and my little son, it was certainly a factor in my decision making. I had my own set of priorities, not necessarily in this order.

1. Find a job that was secure.
2. Find a job that I would be happy in (long term).
3. Find a job that I could perform in many places, and situations.
4. Find a job that paid enough to support me and my family.

I had, as I’ve mentioned before, been interested in nursing from a young age. Mainly because I saw myself as a helper, a rescuer probably more like! When we’re young we have idealistic, and probably naive views of the world, and I was no different than most young women. I wanted to do something good for people, and also for myself.
So I entered the nursing profession.
I was a young single mother, and life was hard. I struggled for many years, and the money though good, was not as good as it is today. I was still on the poverty level of the time, and we were in a recession. I had student loans to repay at high interest rates…if I recall rightly, prime rate then was 12 or 13%…unlike the fabulous rates of today.
I also got no child support, (or any other kind), and there wasn’t much legal recourse to get it then, none that worked, but that’s another story!
So…I’m getting away from my original thought for this post, which is…computers and technology, and nursing today.
I have just finished three days of education at my facility…Meditech training…ugh~my head is spinning! We have never charted on the computer before now…I know…we are definitely behind the times. However, it hasn’t been all bad.
The computer is a wonderful device, and I love mine. That said, although I think the technology is going to be better for us in the long term…as now all the added paperwork we are being asked to do is bogging down my nursing practice…I sort of yearn for the old days.

At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur…I have fond memories of our old hospital, archaic though some would see it. There were no tick sheets, forms to initial endlessly, no faxing, no mindless photocopying, no staying after hours just to catch up with the paperwork, nothing to get in the way of what I was supposed to be there for…being a good nurse to my patients!
Don’t get me wrong…there was of course a down side to this…ie. there was also less safety, no alarm systems for instance! More on that another time.

I know that the paperwork I’m forced to complete now is going to be lessened with the advent of computerized charting and everything that entails. A lot of the things we’re doing now will be done by the system, it will automatically notify different dept.’s when there’s a new order, or some change…so that’s great. But there are other things that won’t change…like the SOAPE charting that they’ve introduced in my hospital…which I haven’t done since I was a student! At that time I was training in the general hospital, and in my opinion it is good for that type of nursing, but in Psychiatry? I don’t think so! Our charting is usually multi-focused and so SOAPE charting just doesn’t make sense for us…but try telling the management that~they think it’s the ‘bees knees’….sorry, now that IS dating me~LOL!

We’re going ‘live’ in October….say some prayers for me will you?

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