A Royal College of Nursing (RCN) poll of 6,000 nurses has found that 17.3% of their working hours (i.e. more than one-sixth of their working week) is occupied doing non-essential paperwork and administrative support work such as filing, photocopying and ordering supplies. This is thought to be reducing opportunities for all-important patient contact, and raises questions about scope for greater delegation.
Read more: BBC News: Nurses ‘drowning in sea of paperwork’.
Nurses ‘drowning in sea of paperwork’. London: BBC Health News, April 21st 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].