Astute Documentation – Avoid Being the Invisible Nurse
Concise documentation offers a clear picture of the progress – or lack of progress – of a patient’s condition. Conversely, a lack of clear documentation can only muddy records of your actions, even if you've performed perfectly in every other area of your practice. Learn from several case studies that show how documentation can, in some cases, literally be the difference between life and death.
Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation and prosecution, which was the subject of her PhD. Linda is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, the director on the Board of Directors at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and is the founding president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.