Managing the Tension Between Caring and Charting: Labor and Delivery Nurses' Experiences of the Electronic Health Record


Kirsten Wisner, Catherine Chesla, Joanne Spetz, and Audrey Lyndon

Oct 2021

Over a decade following the nationwide push to implement electronic health records (EHRs), the focus has shifted to addressing the cognitive burden associated with their use. Labor and delivery nurses may encounter unique challenges when using EHRs because they also interact with an electronic fetal monitoring system, continuously managing and synthesizing both maternal and fetal data. This grounded theory study explored labor and delivery nurses' perceptions of the EHR's impact on their cognitive work.