Hi, BONG LPN!
I worked on a stepdown unit for many years. In general, if a patient is on telemetry, they are usually a full code. We had very few NO CODES on our unit, so when we did have them, you knew who they were.
I'm also with everyone else who has posted about having a report sheet. After you've been working there a while, you'll come to realize that the same doctors tend to admit their patients to your unit and they also tend to have their favorite orders they like to write. You can also exercise your mind to get better at memory skills. Unfortunately, one of the things that I found helpful was remembering a lot of patients by their behaviors or needs, something we were always taught not to do in nursing school. Still it's hard not to remember that Mrs. Smith is the one in room 205 who keeps ringing her call bell every time she sees you pass by her room! Or, that Mr. Jones had the stinkiest diarrhea that almost choked you to death! I guess what I'm trying to say is that the squeaky wheels that get greased are the easiest ones to remember. It's the quiet ones I always worried about. Consequently, I made quick rounds--a lot--and would stick my head in everyone's room just to say "Hi! How are things going? Do you need anything right now?" It also kept the call bells down to a minimum (hint, hint).
Here's a copy of the report sheet I use. Feel free to copy and use it.
Welcome to allnurses!