Call for Public Comment: Draft Revised Principles of Documentation

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is seeking comments on the following revised publication: Principles of Documentation

Documentation is a critical aspect of any type of nursing practice. In order to promote quality, professional documentation among nurses, ANA maintains the document Principles of Documentation, part of the “Principles for Practice” package. This guidebook focuses on managing the increasingly complex requirements of documenting patient care activities in both paper and electronic formats. This draft is the result of a review of the 2005 publication by a group of nurse experts, and has been updated to include new references to electronic documentation and to emphasize the role of documentation in quality improvement activities.

If you are interested in participating in this review, download the document and submit your comments online (see below) by 5:00pm EST on April 9, 2010 . If you have questions e-mail Lisa Summers, CNM, DrPH, ANA Department of Nursing Practice and Policy.

ANA appreciates your assistance with reviewing this important document.