Too much info to remember / confusing patients with other patients
- 1Do you ever feel like you don't remember things about your patient and/or you're getting your patients confused with the other patients you have??
I feel like these other nurses know the answers to everything and have photographic memories and just spit out the answers. I have a bad memory, and there is way too much information to remember... like when a patient or doctor asks me a question - I'm always fumbling my folded papers around trying to find out the information like a clueless idiot. I'm like, "Uh, let me look at that for you and get back to you" or "Let me ask the other nurse."
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- 1Dec 7, '12 by aem31Yep! You a new nurse? I made up elaborate brain sheets and need one for each patient. I see other nurses just jotting it all down randomly on one piece of paper. Don't know how they keep it all straight. Even with my overkill system, I still get them jumbled up in my brain. I hate it.
- 0Yeah, I'm a new nurse. I dread the day I'm by myself. I've even been crying about it. It's so terrifying. And yeah, other nurses write everything on the same sheet of paper they write report on. It's so scrambled and looks unorganized. I need to do something different myself. I think I will need to have a blank paper and just write down everything I've done / new orders ... one sheet per patient or something.
Thanks for your responses. Any more input would be greatly appreciated!
- 2Dec 7, '12 by amoLuciaQuote from Sun0408Words truely spoken.It does get easier, thats the good news but it does take time.. just remember you are never alone even when off orientation.
To OP - Just know that we seniors have more room in our craniums to remember things. We no longer have our brain space filled up with all the newbie angst of anxiety, fearfulness, self-doubt, desire-to-fit-in, etc. Time and experience works wonders!
As those newbie S&S start to resolve, you'll find all this new room to start storing those things you find so desirous, ie confidence, knowledge, self-assurance, etc.
Just know that we too have relapses from time to time, but we know about it. And we try take care of it better.
- 1Dec 7, '12 by CPhT2RNstudentQuote from LaceyRN12You are doing fine. Like it was said above anxiety and stress make your memory worse. Just try to relax. Also, don't worry about looking stupid. It is more safe to look info up rather than do it from memory anyway. If you worry about looking stupid you may "shoot from the hip" and give out wrong info truly looking stupid and potentially causing harm. If someone gives you a hard time remind them you are doing what is best for the patient by making sure you are giving accurate info.I have a bad memory, and there is way too much information to remember... like when a patient or doctor asks me a question - I'm always fumbling my folded papers around trying to find out the information like a clueless idiot. I'm like, "Uh, let me look at that for you and get back to you" or "Let me ask the other nurse."