Sometimes we just have to move quickly and not converse much(
) with the residents beyond immediate needs.
It's the little chit chats that delay you. (A 1 min. chat x's 10 residents can set you back 10 minutes. You can do alot in 10 minutes!)
Do things like tidy up a room while resident is on the toilet,or while your waiting for your hallmate to help w transfer.
At the begining of the shift, get all your linens and clothes ready. When you're checking on resident, grab a brief out and anything else you'll need later, and set it at the bottom of the closet so it'll be ready to grab.
If a resident can dress somewhat themselves given enough time(even just pulling off/on a shirt), set that out for them and ask them to get started. Leave them, go toilet someone else/transport someone else, etc. Then go back and finish the original resident that started dressing....
I have learned over the years that when you are short staff or have so much to do, you unfortantely have to move quickly and it sometimes leaves no time to "chat" with the person you are caring for. It is what I like least about my job, but sometimes it's necessary in order to meet everyone's needs that day.