Reclaiming the day for patient care
Every day, millions of nurses report to hospitals across the globe. They assume responsibility for the care of patients across their healthcare continuum. The responsibilities of the nurse is multifaceted. They care for the patients and often times their families all while continually updating the physician on the patient’s progress. This is in addition to continually documenting both.
In a study of 767 medical-surgical nurses, it was discovered that less than 20 percent of their time is spent on direct patient care activities. And surprisingly, more than 22 percent of nurses’ time is devoted to non-clinical tasks. Paying nurses to perform non-nurse activities drives substantial cost and burden in the healthcare inpatient setting. Efficiency on the front lines makes a difference to patients and the bottom line.
How can we as nurse reclaim our workday to focus more on patient care?