February 2004, Volume 34 Number 2 , p 18 - 19
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(2) February 2004 p 18–19 Too much left unsaid [LEGAL QUESTIONS: CHARTING BY EXCEPTION]
BROOKE, PENNY SIMPSON APRN, MS, JD
Penny Simpson Brooke is a professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing in Salt Lake City. She's also on the board of directors and president of the foundation of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Meet Ms. Brooke, who's speaking at the Nursing2004 Symposium in Las Vegas, Nev., April 13 to 16, 2004.
I've started working at a large facility where the charting policy makes me nervous. We're told to chart by exception only. I admit that this method saves time, but what if something falls through the cracks? I'm asked to float fairly often to another unit, where I'm not familiar with the patients. How can I be sure that a routine procedure has been ...