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  1. Pabst, Mary K. MS, RN
  2. Scherubel, Janet C. PhD, RN, CCRN
  3. Minnick, Ann F. PhD, RN, FAAN


With increased consideration being given to technological supports as a way to increase productivity, much attention is being paid to automated documentation systems. The purpose of this study was to determine (A) if bedside documentation technology decreased the time nurses spent in documentation activities and (B) if time of day, location, and quality of documentation differed between automated and nonautomated units.


Nurses on the automated unit were able to decrease time spent in documentation activities and they were able to increase time spent in direct patient care. Some increase in standby time also was reported. Nurses were not able to increase patient loads as a result of this technology alone. Managers must consider ways to maximize use of time saved as a result of technology.


Nurses on the automated unit were able to update care plans more easily and, along with other professionals, reported both positive and negative aspects of the printed output.