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New Survey Finds Hospital Nurses Spend Half of Each Shift on Tasks Other Than Patient Care
Date:5/9/2013

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

Voalte, the leader in mobile healthcare communication, and American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, today announced the results of a survey that explores how nurses communicate in the nation’s hospitals, the time they spend communicating and their barriers to communication. Released in conjunction with National Nurses Week, the survey reveals the majority of nurses report that time spent communicating with colleagues, charting and waiting for critical patient information together consume more than 53% of their shift. For those working a 12-hour shift, that’s up to 6.3 hours in which nurses are engaged in an activity other than caring for patients.

“Having a clear understanding of the communication challenges nurse leaders and staff nurses face on a daily basis is critical,” said Terry Anderson, Ed.D., Chief Nursing Officer at Voalte. “To deliver a successful alternative, we need to know where the barriers and challenges lie, and this survey helps shed light on some of those issues.”

The survey also shows that staff nurses feel their biggest communication challenge is due to unnecessary interruptions, and that the availability of texting on nursing units decreases the communication barriers nurses experience. Overwhelmingly, nurses at all levels report their primary communication concerns revolve around caring for patients at the bedside, and reducing the number of unnecessary interruptions that negatively impact their ability to do so.

While hospital nurses historically have been on the receiving end of technology chosen by executives and IT managers without regard for nurses’ unique needs, the survey shows the majority of nurse leaders have an influence on their hospitals’ communication technology buying decisions. A discrepancy exists, however, when reporting whether staff nurses also have input on decisions about the devices they u
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