Need Help From RNs and LPNs Please!! Online Interview for Comp class….?

I am writing paper for Compostion II about writing and how it is involved in the profession I am entering, which is nursing. If you are an RN or LPN, could you please answer the following questions and email them to me. Thank you!!

Q- What kind of writing do you do on a regular basis (this can be answered based on your day to day life)?
Q-What kind of writing is involved in your job?
Q-Do you think writing is significant in your profession?
Q-Do you think having proper writing skills is necessary in your profession?
Q-What do you think a new professional in your field should expect to do in terms of writing?
Q-How can effective writing skills be helpful in this carrer?
Q-What do you dislike the most in terms of writing and your profession?
Q-Do you think that students entering college should take the composition sequence seriously in terms of their future profession?

Plz include your name (first & last if poss.) ur profession, and your employer

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  1. poppies449 says:

    If you ambition to become a nurse you will hear this word more times than you’ll like- DOCUMENTATION!! If it’s not documented, it’s not considered done. I write all the time at work but I think the most significant portion of it is done in the form of chart notes. Each client has their own personal chart and it is here that the nurse records not only medical things such as vital signs or new medications but also things that the patient may say, do or any problems they are having. It is the main informative tool to your coworkers since no one can be there ALL the time (regardless of how your employer would like that). There’s also communication between the nursing staff and other members of the medical team EX: MD, dietary, physical/occupational therapy, etc. This is how we communicate since some of these people are unavailable in the evening and over night hours. I think my writing skills are very significant to my job and proper writing skills are imperative! One mistake in transcription and you have a totally different medication. Or you don’t depict an incident correctly and other members of the team may not understand accurately what happened. I think anyone entering into the Field of nursing should anticipate a lot of writing and documenting. I dislike that sometimes the time we must spend charting and documenting things takes away from 1:1 time we could spend with some of the patients who really need it. I also hate always working short staffed-you’ll get used to it though!! I defiantly think that composition sequence and any other coarse you take in school should be taken seriously. You’re making a big step in your life and claiming responsibility for others lives- you should teach yourself to be accountable in all aspects of you life! Amanda Via Health LPN

  2. 1. fill in the blank, charting by exception, flow sheets, narrative & abbreviated note-taking
    2. see #1
    3. Yes, if ever called to go to court in a malpractice lawsuit, your charting (or writing) is the only recollection you have to some patient scenarios, as it would be impossible to remember everything. You must be able to chart effectively & efficiently to jump start your memory should you wind up in court. Also, your writing reflects your competence in the subject you are writing about, as well as your literacy abilities.
    4 Yes, this comes with practice, but a good nurse will be able to convey the patient situation effectively so that other medical professionals can provide continuity of care.
    5. Abbreviated note-taking & charting by exception
    6. If a nurse is able to use abbreviated note-taking & narrative writing effectively, then she/he will also be efficient.
    7. Lots of charting despite shortcuts & sometimes double-charting.
    8. Yes, I think that spelling, writing, grammar & pronunciation skills are all important to the profession as well as basic computer skills.

    Good Luck & Congrats on choosing a very Rewarding profession!

    Leigh S., RN II
    1. AR Children’s Hospital, RN in NICU & ECMO technician
    2. OB/GYN Clinic

  3. healinghands5 says:

    1. Basic charting, history & physical, subjective symptoms (what the person says they feel), objective (what I can see, hear, feel, smell), assessment (what I determine is the priority issue) and plan (what the patient & I decide to do).
    2. Descriptive, brief writing is used.
    3. Definitely. If it wasn’t charted/documented, it wasn’t done. Medical records are legal documents.
    4. Good writing skills are critical in the nursing profession.
    5. Besides the above, one needs a grasp on good grammar, spelling, punctuation and penmanship. Many places use computer charting, but some are still using paper.
    6. You probably won’t graduate from nursing school without effective writing skills. You write lots of research papers in nursing school.
    7. It’s not the writing by itself, rather the regulatory agencies that cause us to need as much documentation. So, there’s a lot of paperwork.
    8. If one desires to be successful in a nursing career, effective writing and communication skills are vital.