Wednesday, June 01, 2005

JCAHO "Do Not Use" Abbreviations and Symbols List

Incorrect use of abbreviations is rapidly becoming a pet peeve for me. I have attended a number of otherwise excellent classes taught by nurses who persist in using abbreviations off the Joint Commision on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' "DO NOT USE" list(Requires Adobe). Here is the related FAQ. (requires Adobe) It is more than understandable that practicing nurses and doctors, who have been using these for years, slip up from time to time. But I expect "Nursing Educators" to be preparing us to chart correctly by example from the start. Why teach us something we will have to unlearn the minute we get into the field! Grrr... OK, rant complete.... Carry on.

2 Comments:

Blogger HypnoKitten said...

Yeah, and then you say something and end up on their list of 10 most hated students... Thats only fun if you like people carrying a grudge about you for the next 2 years. Bleh.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Nurse2B said...

Exactly! Maybe a couple dozen copies of the list will just mysteriously materialize in various places ... Like taped to the inside of the bathroom stalls near the faculty offices or something like that... Oh Oh, did I blog that out loud?

12:10 AM  

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