As I was reading up on tweets one day, I found an interesting article that discussed how a lot nurses spend more time with documentation then with their patients. At HIPPE, the pharmacy is trying to improve the communication and safety of nurse-to-pharmacy communication. They are starting to use a program called ‘Pilot’ so nurses can easily order refills, call in ‘retimes,’ or for any other reason if the medication is currently active in the ‘Med Charting’ system.
Currently, it is my responsibility to train nurses at HIPPE how to use this program. A third of the nurses already knew how to use it, but did not understand the importance. Another third of the nurses absolutely loved the program and said with great enthusiasm that they used it “ALL THE TIME!” The other third had never heard of it, but once I showed it to them, they all seemed highly impressed. Some of the older nurses did not want to here about new technology and put up a fit. After showing them one by one, I got responses such as “that was easy.” I just looked at them and smiled and said “sure was!” This system is great for nurses, pharmacists, but most of all, the PATIENT! The hospital is all about patient safety and this system shows everything that everybody currently knows about that individual patient in one program.