Optimizing nursing documentation – Boston Children’s Answers

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Lynnetta Akins strives to streamline documentation processes so nurses can have more time to focus on patients. (Photo: Michael Goderre, Boston Children’s)

Boston Children’s Hospital nurses are dedicated to providing high-quality care to patients and families, which is best accomplished through maximizing time with patients for assessment and direct care. However, studies have shown that the long documentation process in an electronic health record (EHR) too often detracts from direct patient care and is a common barrier to direct care. 

Nursing and patient care operations leaders understand the need to streamline clinical documentation and have taken important steps over the

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