Can EHR Remedy Our Nursing Staff Shortage?

Thu, Mar 18, 2010

Fact Finder

Where did all the nurses go? Chances are they’re buried in redundant paperwork.

Time and time again, we hear about a nursing shortage that worsens as our population ages and needs more health care. But a new study suggests that electronic medical record solutions and other HIT solutions could help existing nurses make more of the time they’ve got.

Nurses spend a quarter of their working hours away from a patient’s bedside, and more on attending to indirect patient care such as paperworks, logistics and operations, according to a new study from Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare.

Jackson Healthcare, StatCom, and Travel Nurse Solutions surveyed 2,439 nurses, nursing managers and chief nursing officers (CNO) across the US, focusing on the 1,663 who work in hospital settings.

“Nurses reported having to document patient care information in multiple locations, in addition to having to complete logs, checklists…

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