Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dreading Charting?

Do you hate to chart? 
Do you view it as a waste of your time? 
Do you put it off to the end of the day... end of the week... or even neglect to do it at all sometimes? 

All of these we have heard over and over again. 

Here's our challenge: 


As Child Life Specialists, we talk a lot about the benefits of reflective learning and focusing on the positives, but sometimes we fail to listen to our own preaching. 

Have you ever stopped to think that through charting we can reflect on the magic we create daily? The child who was screaming from the emergency department calmed down simply because you offered choices? You did that! Or the child who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and you spent time walking them through the diagnosis on a developmentally appropriate level? You did that! Or what about the child who is mad because they can't leave their room due to isolation precautions, and you provided a therapeutic activity allowing them to express themselves? You did that! You are amazing, take some time to be proud of yourself and your accomplishments.

The coolest part of our job is that we get to experience magic everyday, some days are little while other days are big. 

So tomorrow when you sit down to chart, whether you've been doing it for years or you are an intern trying to master it, try taking a new perspective on it(come back and tell us a story). So many times we get caught up in the busyness of our days, and we only focus on the dread of charting. You have the power to change lives; Charting is your way to document it. Charting is a way to prove to the rest of the medical field that your skills matter, that your skills make a difference, that you can help make miracles happen.