Sunday, January 18, 2009
I'm lucky to work with a handful of docs who for the most part are great people, teachers and coworkers. But their writing is God-awful. It hurts my spirit to see orders written in a script that would shame a 5 year old. Getting past irritation, poor penmanship causes delays (because a bunch of nurses are either hunched over a chart trying to decipher the hieroglyphics on this page or looking for the doc to clarify the orders) and can be dangerous (reading the dose wrong, misinterpreting the name of a drug, etc). What kills me is when the docs get ANNOYED at me for asking them to clarify their writing! What a scam! Maybe I'll leave a large note at every nursing station stating, 'WRITE LEGIBLY OR PREPARE TO HAVE YOUR PENS STOLEN'