I got the request below from one of my nurses. I have searched in PubMed and CINAHL unsuccessfully to find anything that addresses what is considered "timely." I found some citations that addressed the idea that it's a good thing, but not more precisely what it is. And, as the nurse put it, these "soft" concepts are what can get nurses in a pickle in court. I searched Documentation/standards, timely [text], and nurses/nursing. In the "two heads are better than one" department, I am hoping that someone may have a suggestion on how to find something on this topic. Thank you.

Can you help me find some resources or guidelines regarding "timely" documentation? I have the ANA Principles of Documentation but am looking for something that suggests some guidelines regarding what is "timely" and what is not.

Christine Fleuriel, MSLIS
Chief, Library Services (142D)
New Mexico VA Health Care System
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Albuquerque 87108
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