By Jackie Russell, RN, JD
MNA Nursing, Practice, and Regulatory Affairs Specialist
If it’s not documented, it’s not done. But what if it is documented and it’s not done?
Healthcare facilities throughout Minnesota are short staffed. Patient acuities are high, and lean management demands nurses spend less time with patients, which is distressing to nurses. Nurses have a duty to provide nursing care within their scope of practice and to practice safely. Priorities shift quickly on a short-staffed unit. To provide optimal nursing care on a short-staffed unit– from beginning to end of shift–leaves little time for timely documentation.
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