At the same time, there is something very unusual here, a big disconnect between the physicians and the nurses. I have always witnessed nurses checking out and reading a physician's note but a physician reading a nursing chart is a rare sight. Most of you would agree that physicians do not pay much attention to the nursing notes unless they are in the soup. And if you ask me why do physicians do this, I would say that this can be a multitude of reasons for doing that like a physician's ego, lack of trust, lack of a rapport or they just don't care about what nurses document.
So, don't you think we should pay a bit more attention towards all their hard work? If not for all the patients, at least for those who are getting discharged from the ED and for the ones who are critically ill.
- As physicians, make a habit of going through the notes of other healthcare providers (nurses/ paramedics) prior to discharging a patient and be on the same page with them.
- Good communication will improve patient care and prevent litigation.
- Documentation is not just for our self defence but also to foster patient care.