Please can anyone share their tips on time managment for floor nursing? Like tips on how to give meds, keep track of I+O, chart, do assessments - faster and with less stress?
also, anyone have tips on how to keep patients happy when you can't get back to them right away - and how to bow out gracefully and without hurting feelings when they want to tell you their life story and you're in the middle of med pass ect.?
Thanks in advance
- frustrated and tired of being the last person to leave at nite!
Aug 20, '05
by USA987, ASN
Been an Rn for 2 yrs. now. I love my "one-page brain". After report I make boxes next to the tasks I have to do and highlight them. When I do them I put an X through the box. I put a checkmark next to the pts name after they have been assessed. Then I draw a line through the checkmark after I've charted the assessment. Then I circle the checkmark when I've charted the required qshift progress note. I look at my labs, new orders, & MAR's prior to making my first rounds of the a.m.
As far as keeping the patients happy...I really like the dry erase boards that we write our names on in the room. If I think my morning is going to be a mess, I at least pop into each room and introduce myself and write my name on the board. Studies show that if you go into a room and sit for even 30 seconds, pts. will feel like you have actually made time for them...versus just standing at the bedside. Try it sometime, and you'll see what I'm talking about. I am big on adequate pain relief for pts. Someone with uncontrolled pain can make or break your day, so I tend to be a little more proactive.
And please, don't forget to use your ancillary staff appropriately. I find that I get way behind if I'm doing stuff that normally the techs and secretary's are suppose to do.
It will come with time...
Last edit by USA987 on Aug 20, '05