I've been out of the hospital for about 18 months now (been a nurse for 3 years), but I always felt like I was pretty organised as a new grad. I usually arrived to work about 15 minutes before report. This would allow me to collect all the pertinent data I needed from the Kardex, labs, meds. I also constructed my own brain which helped me organise everything.
Also, I had one of those pens with 4 different colors...I used red for allergies/dangers/were in isolation, blue for diet (fluids, TFs, tpn, etc) black for patient history/dx/any scheduled procedures, and green for any meds. This was initially tedious but once I got used to my system, it helped my brain focus in on what I needed.
Not sure how your exact unit worked, but my shifts were 7am-730pm with 9/12/5/9, etc med passes. After report, I would determine which patient was most critical to see (i.e., the day 1 trach pt versus the walkie-talkie appy patient), do vitals, blood sugars, and assessments, inquire about pain and get pain medicine. I would then go around to each patient so this would be from about 730am-830am if all assessments were ok. Then I would start on 9am meds. After meds were given I would chart, and then help out with baths while waiting for am MD orders. Then dressing changes and new orders, etc.
One thing that always helped me was charting as the day went along. All of our charting was computerized and we had computers at every room and a few throughout the unit plus a computer room. I at least tried to chart 2-3x throughout the shift instead of all at once at the end of the shift when you just wanna go home. Also, if your unit requires notes our computer charting program allowed us to write notes but not publish them right away. So I would sometimes start my note at noon to cover all of my morning activities, and just update it at the end of the shift. So much easier to remember at noon what happened at 8am instead of trying to remember at 7pm when you just wanna go home. :heartbeat