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How do hospital med-surg nurses spend their time?

This study was conducted at ONE HOSPITAL — a 247-bed teaching hospital (probably Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI).  One of the findings had to do with quantifying how nurses on med-surg units spend their time.  These units all had computers-on-wheels.  Here are the findings:

How Nurses Spend Their Time (approximately — I took this from a bar graph that does not have the actual numbers on it.)

  • 51% direct care
  • About 22% documentation
  • About 24% other

Source: Watkins, N., and others.  Destination bedside: using research findings to visualize optimal unit layouts and health information technology in support of bedside care.  JONA. The Journal of Nursing Administration;42(5):256-265, May 2012.   Click here for the publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Abstract/2012/05000/Destination_Bedside__Using_Research_Findings_to.5.aspx

An earlier related study: Cornell, P., and others.  Transforming nursing workflow: part 1, the chaotic nature of nurse activities.  Journal of Nursing Administration;40(9):366-373, Sept. 2010.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Abstract/2010/09000/Transforming_Nursing_Workflow,_Part_1__The_Chaotic.6.aspx

And, Cornell, P., Riordan, M., and Herrin-Griffith, D.  Transforming nursing workflow: part 2, the impact of technology on nurse activities.  Journal of Nursing Administration of Nursing Administration;40(10):432-439, Oct. 2010.  Click here for the publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Abstract/2010/10000/Transforming_Nursing_Workflow,_Part_2__The_Impact.8.aspx

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