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Accounting For Care: Documenting Residential Aged Care Nursing




  • Discusses the relationship between documentation and government funding
  • Includes a discussion of nursing's resistance towards documentation
  • Debates whether the task of documentation can be integrated with the tasks of caregiving

This chapter explores the problem of documentation in nursing homes. The discussion commences with an overview of the major forces that influence written records of caregiving in nursing homes. It is followed by a consideration of specific factors that inhibit progress towards a professional standard of documentation, in particular the confusion created by bureaucratic rules and nursing's innate resistance to documentation. It concludes by voicing the call for a better way to meet both bureaucratic and professional requirements.


Contents include

  • Rules And Regulations
  • Professional/Bureaucratic Tensions
  • Barriers To Documenting Gerontological Nursing Care
    • Nursing's Cultural Resistance To Documentation
    • Nursing Care Of The Aged As Unremarkable
  • Is There A Better Way?
  • In Summary
  • References
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, RPN, BAdmin (Nursing), GradDip Ger and FRCNA.
Pauline Savy has had a lengthy professional involvement in aged care. As a registered nurse (Div 1) she has held clinical, educational and administrative positions within extended care and psychiatric facilities. She has worked as a nurse consultant in gerontology, specialising in the development of education programs for residential and community caregivers. Currently she is employed at La Trobe University's Albury- Wodonga campus where she lectures in the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology course. Pauline's research interests include the use of qualitative methods, ethnography and the experienc...

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