The Joint Commission

I read a lot of medblogs, specifically nursing blogs, so I’ve heard quite a bit about The Joint Commission, or JCAHO if you’re old school.  Many of the things that I “hear” are nurse bloggers bitching about the increasing amount of paperwork that TJC has created for them, much of it redundant and unnecessary.

Well, today in class we were covering documentation and TJC and HIPPA and all that and I questioned my professor about what I had heard.  According to her TJC just gives us the outcome we must meet, and it is up to the facility to make it happen, now if Hospital A takes 3 steps to get there and Hospital B takes 10 steps TJC doesn’t care, as long as you meet the outcome.  Therefore, it becomes our responsibility to work with our hospitals to make paperwork, policies and procedures that work for both the safety of the patients and the benefit of the nurses.

~Flo

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