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Documentation Frustration
by Cynthia L. Castle
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem was inspired from working in healthcare for 20 plus years.  The amount of documentation required by insurance companies and the government has increased to phenominal amounts.  With the increase in paperwork, there is less time for hands-on care that patients need and deserve.

Documentation Frustration

Late Friday afternoon, Iím on my homeward drive,
It has been a really long week, extremely busy,
Reflecting on the tasks Iíve done, I start to strive,
To think if all were complete, Oh it makes me dizzy!

This very hectic week has got me so stressed out,
It really was a short one, with the holiday,
Cramming five days into four, had an affect, no doubt,
I guess that could be the reason, why I feel this way.

With all the paperwork in place, I now can rest,
A new admit, another consult; Iíve finished it all!
Still I feel, that I havenít given it my best,
What could have I forgotten, I am trying to recall?

I was careful to ďdot my iís and cross my tís,Ē
To be sure to meet all the regulations,
As I rush through my work, hoping nobody sees,
That I am building up many frustrations!

In my hurry to complete each and every task,
I canít remember, if I talked to any of you.
Did I stop to say ďHelloĒ or take the time to ask,
ďHow are you doing?Ē  Or share a simple word or two.

I really feel that the key to my success,
Not by my paperwork, how Iím evaluated,
Should be my ability to share happiness,
Is how I would much prefer to be rated.

Things have surely changed, I do not like this fashion,
Now I must be sure to find some time to spare,
I chose this career, because of my compassion,
To help other people, and show that I care.

It all looks good on paper, everything in itís place.
I think the government has really crossed the line,
Itís all documentation.  What about the human race?
The values of this system, we need to redefine!

Copyright ©  May 28, 2004  Cynthia Castle
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Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger (Reader) 2/20/2005

Cynthia, this is a remarkably well-penned composition, which clearly illustrates that those who work in the medical profession have too much of their daily routine unfortunately being devoted towards useless paperwork, instead of caring for their patients. Hopefully those who are in power in the upper ranks of government and within the feared insurance industries, will finally realize that they too are wasting valuable time and precious resources by saddling the caring and wonderful folks who work in the medical profession with too much and very often unnecessary paperwork. I can remember when the patientsí ďwell-beingĒ was more important than the bottom line. Thank you for sharing this extremely powerful masterpiece.

I love you,
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/9/2005

Time to go to a paperless, paper-trailed society ... well-executed write - greatly enjoyed this one!!

Best wishes,

Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/4/2005
i agree with you to the fullest,, people need to be more like
people, i thought the only thing about tragerdies was that it brought people together maybe if we stayed together being more helpfulto one another the tragerdies wouldn't have to continue (wishful thinking)
enjoyed this and wish you luck
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 2/2/2005
True this is.
I used to work for the government and very stressful it was.

Best wishes
Reviewed by jude forese 2/2/2005
true dat!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/2/2005
you said a mouthFULL, cynthia! grrrr!! great rant; rant on, baby girl!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/2/2005
I too have a profession with tons of contracts and documentation, I can relate, well penned Cynthia.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 2/2/2005
I agree with you completely, this was excellent and well expressed!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/2/2005
Insightful read!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/2/2005
Everything requires oodles of paperwork unfortunately, including going to the bathroom. Sometimes I think if it weren't for the frustation of paperwork we would have more trees.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/2/2005
Just as bad here, infact I guess that's why it is so bad there too.

Looking into history..
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 2/2/2005
Cynthia, One can feel your frustrations in your words. The paper trails in every aspect of life is growing longer and longer on a daily basis.
It was the same with Retail, where once your focus was on the actual customer, it's now on the dollar, and how many govt. and state fingers gets to divide it before it hits the register.
It's good seeing you..Take care and be well!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/1/2005
This is so true! More red tape, and wasted time enough
to frustrate Creator himself! There has got to be a better way!
Excellent write Cynthia!

Reviewed by Lori Moore 2/1/2005
The government has crossed the line in far too many areas. Well done.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/1/2005
Excellent insight! wonderful to be reading you again.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/1/2005
You put forth a strong argument, Cynthia. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
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