Alice Cavin

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Quanza Mooring


Nurses often document in open nurses’ stations exposed to frequent interruptions. Much has been written on the need to limit distractions while collecting and administering medications but little has been published on the effects interruptions have on nursing documentation. The purpose of this study was to examine the environment in which nurses chart and to gather their perceptions of the documentation environment. Marilyn Ray’s Theory of Bureaucratic Caring was the guiding framework for this study. A review of the literature revealed the effects open work spaces, noise, and interruptions can have on work performance. This study, a focus group discussion, involved seven nurses who worked, or have worked, in medical-surgical nursing. Results of the discussion revealed nurses are displeased with the noise and interruptions in their charting environments. Additionally, they feel that nursing leadership should provide a charting environment that is more compatible to timely and accurate documentation.

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