How do you get out on time????? - page 2

Hi everyone! I'm a May 12' grad and am lucky to have landed a job as a per diem RN float for several different med surg floors in the hospital. I've been working on my own for about a month (I had 6 weeks of orientation).... Read More

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    Clustering care is the biggest thing that helps, as mentioned before. And delegate! Don't just delegate something that you don't want to do. If I have time to do something, I will do it instead of delegating to my CNA. If I don't, then I will delegate. Your CNAs can make and break your shift. Your HUCs can be a great resource, too! Many of our HUCs are also CNAs but they primarily work as a HUC...but ours will go help out with tasks on the floor as long as someone stays at the desk.

    I typically don't chart as I go unless I need to make a nurse's note...if I don't have time for that, I quickly jot down and a quick note regarding it on a sticky note so I can chart it later.

    When I first started, I was getting out almost an hour after my shift...now I'm usually always out by 0655-0710. Once in a blue moon I will get out much later if it was a crazy night or if a nurse is late. After working awhile you will develop those time management skills and get into a routine that works for you.

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    Med Chica: I'm glad to hear that there are others who absolutely do not have time to socialize. I kinda feel bad when co workers want to be chatty with me and all I'm trying to do is think of how I'm going to get away so I can keep to my schedule. Talkative co workers are sometimes worse than the chatty patients.
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    Don't worry about it. You will get more time to socialize as you get more efficient at your job. And if your coworkers have time to chat, try asking them for a helping hand. They can't help you if they don't know you need it. Hang in there. It gets better.


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