Documentation Burden Survey

Dear ANI Governing Directors:

ANI members have been invited to participate in the following survey. The full invitation is attached. Please consider responding yourselves and request your organization invite their full membership. Thank you in advance. 

Nursing Documentation: Reducing EHR Burden in a Time of Crisis

• Stephanie H. Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CHISP, FHIMSS
• Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
• Elizabeth Elkind, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN-BC
• Susan McBride, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAAN

Dear ANI Member:

On behalf of the research team, led by Dr. Stephanie H. Hoelscher, the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) Board of Directors invites the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) members to participate in this important study related to Nursing Documentation Burden in Crisis. We are seeking to understand how nursing documentation in the electronic health record was being managed by informatics nurses and their organizations.

As members of ANI, you are uniquely qualified to provide input on nursing documentation adjustments that were made during the COVID-19 pandemic to decrease burden. In addition to structured survey questions, there are important open-ended text questions that are of particular value. Please provide as much feedback as you are able. The questions will ask about your organization and its response to nursing EHR documentation during peak times of the COVID-19 crisis. If you have preciously taken this survey through ANIA, you are asked not to repeat it.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous. You may complete the survey at your convenience from a remote location via the Internet and may stop the survey at any time without consequences. Your participation in this research study is strictly voluntary and you may choose not to participate or you may withdraw your participation at any time without penalty or negative effect on your membership. Initiation of the survey implies consent. The IRB Exemption for this study was received on 10.14.2021 (Reference #087559). The data will be maintained at a secure site, responses are confidential, and results will be reported as aggregated data.

Findings will be used to:
• To examine nursing EHR documentation reduction during peak census time in the COVID-19 crisis.
• To describe nursing EHR documentation reduction during peak times in the COVID-19 crisis.
• To Synthesize differences in national definitions of surge capacity between healthcare systems.
• To promote a national standard/policy for nursing EHR documentation reduction in times of crisis from an all-hazards approach (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.).
Please click this link for the survey:

If you would like to speak to someone who is not involved in the study about your rights as a participant, research-related injuries, or any other matter related to the study, you can call the TTUHSC EthicsPoint Hotline: 1-866-294-9352.

Or, you can file an EthicsPoint report online: Please choose the "Regulatory Compliance" option when making an online report.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. As an ANI member, your participation is critical to the success of this study.


Stephanie H. Hoelscher, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, CHISP, FHIMSS
Principle Investigator
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Susan Hull, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAMIA         Nancy Beale, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
ANI Co-chair                                                          ANI Co-chair