This qualitative descriptive case study was an exploration of nurses’ perceptions of Electronic Charting and the impact on their workloads. Nine registered nurses from Atlanta, Georgia and 10 registered nurses from Houston, Texas provided their individual perspectives and lived experiences of how Electronic Charting impacted their daily workloads. In the health care industry, Electronic Charting is the process of documenting patients’ medical information for sharing among those with a need to know. Data were from interviews of participants, notes, and records. Use of NVivo 10® qualitative software led to the identification of four themes that emerged from the data. Four major themes were as follows: electronic charting provided support to nurses in the care environment; electronic charting added to the challenging demands of the care environment; electronic charting did not have any bearing on the nurses’ workload; and nurses expressed the need for inclusion in electronic Charting processes. The findings indicated that the majority of nurses in the study (63.2% of the nurses in the sample) perceived that Electronic Charting decreased their workloads. The other nurses in the sample felt that Electronic Charting increased their workloads or did not impact their workloads at all. Results of the study included the importance of training and support for nursing staff tasked with Electronic Charting. The study culminated in recommendations for leadership and suggestion for future research.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Information Technology, Nursing, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Computer informatics, Electronic and paper charting, Electronic health records, Health information technology, Healthcare charting, Patient charting|
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