Record-keeping guidance: 6 tips to make documenting your work easier

A staff nurse shares her tips for effective record-keeping

Staff nurse Georgina O'Reilly-Foley knows the benefits of documenting your work and shares her tips for effective record-keeping

One of the first lessons I was taught on my nursing course was the importance of documenting what we do at work.

This is vital in the emergency department (ED) where we move rapidly between patients with different presentations and diagnoses, giving medications, carrying out observations, providing personal care and delegating tasks.

Documenting all of this can feel like an impossible task to a newly qualified nurse in a ED but it is an essential part of our role, as set out in the NMC code of conduct .

I am passionate about this and during my two and a half years


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