Cover image for lecture: Astute Documentation – Avoid Being the Invisible Nurse

Lecture Overview

Concise documentation offers a clear picture of the progress – or lack of progress – of a patient’s condition. Conversely, a lack of clear documentation can only muddy records of your actions, even if you've performed perfectly in every other area of your practice. Learn from several case studies that show how documentation can, in some cases, literally be the difference between life and death.


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Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation and prosecution, which was the subject of her PhD. Linda is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, the director on the Board of Directors at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and is the founding president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.



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22 Total Rating(s)

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Susan Beahl
10 Mar 2019

Excellent and relevant.

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allison sky
02 Mar 2019

Excellent .. everyone should watch

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Kathryn Miller
25 Feb 2019

would have liked more examples of documentation mistakes and how to avoid them

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Melanie Charlton
21 Feb 2019

Good tip about logging out

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Geoffrey Hudson
09 Feb 2019

The case study was fairly confronting which served to strongly reinforced the point of the lecture. The presenter was engaging and appeared knowledgable.

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Nicola Mahaffey
06 Feb 2019

I would prefer more specific examples of how documentation has led to poor outcomes for patients and staff. I will look for other lectures on this more specific topic.

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22 Jan 2019

Important information very well presented, it would be better if we could see the power point slides that are being referenced (this applies to all education)

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Claire Parry
15 Jan 2019

Horrific story and unfortunate circumstances

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Sarah Hennessy
19 Dec 2018

If your facility doesn't use e-records for patient management, this isn't relevant or transferrable to your practice. The only topic covered was the importance of document control / ownership (login/out for each record). Some examples of the quality of documentation created, not only to who used someones log in, would have been more transferable, and therefore beneficial.

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Deborah Stacey
17 Nov 2018

A well presented session that reinforces the need for good documentation practices