Sep 7, 2006

Well, Here We Are

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day, so tomorrow I think we should all go out, buy a nice paperback book from your local used bookstore, and give it to a homeless person. Maybe they can eat it.

It's been a tumultuous week here at the ranch. As a company we are ridding ourselves of a tiresome chunk of paperwork and exchanging same for beautiful IBM ThinkPads. These gems come standard with a nice swivel screen that, combined with a touch pen/mouse, turns each nurse's laptop into an electronic pad that stores all that paperwork, visit notes, doctor's orders, all that aggravating, troublesome loose stuff. It's an astoundingly nice system, all told, and I'm certain that as a company we are shelling out a pretty penny for this 'paperless' conversion.

To hear the nurses bark and cluck and run around here bitching you'd think we're firing them all, instead of trying to make their jobs easier and more efficient.

I would go from this point to say that it's the older ones, the nurses who remember the Good Old Days, when you took a patient's temperature with a couple of large rocks, but it's not. Well, it is, but we've only got one old nurse, and I'm hoping at this point that her and her anti-technology self go work at Wal-Mart as a door greeter. Or as a door, she's big enough for that too.

No, it's all of them, young and old, computer literate and illiterate. You've never heard such a noise. The computers duplicate almost EXACTLY the paper forms, but with the addition of so much funcionality that it's not even funny. No more bubbling in little dots with a pen, like an SAT test, all you have to do is touch the screen with your pen and you can scroll, change, jump around the form, whatever you want to do. And then it has the added benefit of checking BEHIND YOU, and letting you know where you've done wrong, or forgotten a checkpoint, or bringing your attention to something that might require it. My sweet stars and garters, this is a NICE SYSTEM, but it seems that most in here want to stick with the tried and true aggravating, time-wasting 43 page lump of tree-killing packets.

I don't understand people, but I swear, if I hear one more nurse griping about having been given control over a $2K notebook to make their job easier I'm going to crack someone's skull open with a stone blood pressure cuff.

6 comments:

Nancy Dancehall said...

Maybe they miss using the fountain pens on the paper forms?

Don't hit me!

Des_Moines_Girl said...

Change is a four letter word even when it involves a kick-ass system like you just described.

BTW - "taking a patient's temperature with a couple of large rocks..." Please tell me this is administered "orally."

O said...

I have a homeless lady as a customer. She brought me a burger yesterday. Seriously.
O

O said...

Oh, yeah. I'm a real live used bookseller too....
O

Vulgar Wizard said...

*laughing hysterically at the mental picture of a homeless man with a copy of Moby Dick in his mouth*

Vulgar Wizard said...

$12 million to be approximate.....

and she WOULD make an excellent door!