To get organized..with all this new info!

  1. Hey! I started in the NICU about 3 weeks ago. I am a new grad and EVERYTHING is new. I want to write some things down so I remember some policies and formulas and stuff.

    I started writing on a 3x5 notecard but its not organized at all. I have things all over the place. Does anyone keep a little notebook or something in your pocket? Please help
    ~Jackie
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  3. by   RNLisa
    Hi, I am a new grad too, I started out making notes in a little notebook that goes in my pocket, but it is so unorganized. I am now making little notes and taping them to my clipboard (I wrote small). I am sure I will add more and have to change that too. But, so far, it works for me. As I add more, I may do a notecard ring. In clinicals, I used a little photo album (the size that you'd carry in your purse) and put the cards in it so that they are protected and kept it in my labcoat. I may go back to that.

    Hope that helps. And good luck!!
  4. by   CMarie,RN
    I have been nursing in MICU for coming up on 5 years now and I am still trying to get organized! The one consistent thing that has helped me is "my little blue book." I bought a telephone/address book the size of an index card ("At-A-Glance" is who made the book - any office supply store will have a good variety) that has sturdy tabbies alphabetically. I only write in it using a pencil and add things into the book alphabetically. Since I am always adding information to the book, the pencil works best, in case I need to erase some info to rearrange things. Depending on the information I will leave ample room to add more info directly under that subheading later and with other entries I do not leave extra room before the next immediate entry.

    Hope this helps - it is better than carrying around index cards and for now I don't have a PDA so this is the next best thing. Good Luck!
  5. by   RNLisa
    Quote from CMarie,RN
    I have been nursing in MICU for coming up on 5 years now and I am still trying to get organized! The one consistent thing that has helped me is "my little blue book." I bought a telephone/address book the size of an index card ("At-A-Glance" is who made the book - any office supply store will have a good variety) that has sturdy tabbies alphabetically. I only write in it using a pencil and add things into the book alphabetically. Since I am always adding information to the book, the pencil works best, in case I need to erase some info to rearrange things. Depending on the information I will leave ample room to add more info directly under that subheading later and with other entries I do not leave extra room before the next immediate entry.

    Hope this helps - it is better than carrying around index cards and for now I don't have a PDA so this is the next best thing. Good Luck!
    That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing that.

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