I am having trouble keeping up with this nursing blog…’cos…well…I’m a nurse!

I’ve just arrived home from the night shift, and felt I couldn’t wait another day to post something so today’s topic is Meditech. For those not in the loop, and if you’re in nursing that number must be small, Meditech is computerized charting and general clinical documentation (for want of better terminology after being up all night!)…plus the added bonus of computerized medication dispensation. All very big words…like “marmalade”…as a friend of mine used to say.

The first day, which was also a night shift for me…was the other day just before my days off, so I only had one to put in at least. It was generally speaking, a day filled with computer glitches, and confusion with a dash of chaos all of which tended to bog us down and s-l-o-w-l-y drive us insane (and as we were in a Psych. hospital, this was probably the best place for us!). I was so far behind it wasn’t funny, and this was due to 4 nurses and two education people all trying to cram into the small med. room that we have and attempting to use two carts, while navigating a new complicated system, along with the equipment malfunctioning every so often just for kicks!

At one point I was so frustrated I felt like crying, I really did. I think it was the feeling of being out of control of the situation and feeling like I’d never ‘get it’, and every day to come would be like this. However….today, after a couple of days off, I’m back, and last night was actually….pretty good! Yes I still made a minor med. error ( I was waiting for that to happen in all the confusion)…but I was a little quicker, and the charting went faster, and the screens were starting to make some kind of weird sense to me…I’m learning a few tips and hints every day to make life easier…so all in all, I feel much calmer about it now than I did.

I know in the end, it will be much better for us all, and maybe, just maybe I’ll have some time saved in which to be able to spend quality time with my patients like I used to do in the “old days”, (all you new nurses out there reading this will have to forgive that term, but never fear one day you’ll hear yourself saying it too!)

Now I wish I could find a way to get rid of SOAPE charting and life would be almost perfect!