Overtime Reduction With the Press of a Button An Unexpected Outcome of Computerized Documentation

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Overtime takes its toll on the staff and creates an opportunity to control cost. The purpose of this research was to investigate actual and perceived overtime amounts of nursing staff members before and after the implementation of a handheld computerized patient documentation system. Overtime amounts have decreased 29% since implementation of the system. Advantages and disadvantages of the system are also discussed.

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