Dedication of nurses
Rather, I frequently hear praise for the skill, dedication and caring exhibited by our nurses (and I am told this in private conversations when there is no ulterior reason that might be attributed).And that goodwill is reciprocated, as far as I can tell.
Each of us can have a bad day, perhaps, when we get a little cranky, but my experience tells me that the typical doctor-nurse relationship that I observe is one of mutual respect and admiration, and nothing like the finger pointing and blaming for healthcare ills described in the Times editorial.
But I do agree with the thesis that the burden of documentation has become excessive. The authors state that the model we should move toward is that of the Veterans Administration hospitals, where we are told the clinicians like their electronic records system.
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The reason given for this is that “billing concerns don’t shape the records at government-run V.A. hospitals. They document only what’s necessary to deliver better care.”
I would love to know what you, dear Ophthalmology Times readers, think about this issue. Do you ever find yourself or hear physician colleagues blaming nurses for the ills of the U.S. healthcare system? And do those of you who work in the Veterans Administration system actually like your electronic records and think it should be the model going forward?
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