I remember my first days on the job as a brand new nurse. I was so excited and had gotten almost straight A's in school. But, it only took my 10 mins to realize that my schooling as good as it was, didn't really prepare me for floor nursing.
The nurse I followed for the first week was 75 years old and had artheritis really bad. She walked slowly - with a noticeable limp. But, she could run circles around me. She would give me a an easy pt and take a hard one. She would be finished and drinking coffee while I continued to slave away on the easy one. The thing I noticed about my mentor was she was organized, but afterall she had been doing this for 50 years. She would know exactly what to bring to do a dressing change or instance. I thought I did too. But, I was always forgetting something thing or dropping something, having to run back and get more supplies. I believe I put on more miles running back and forth the first few months than I'd like to admit.
Now it's 8 years later. When I am the nurse to "train in" a new nurse, I always tell them about my first week. Then I try to teach them organziation. It is one of the things that will give you the time you seek. Also your skills will improve and become automatic. At first I double checked and triple checked everything. But, now the information is pretty well set in stone. I spent a lot of time following techs and others trying to figure out the gaps in my education, - I still do, but, it doesn't consume me the way it used to.
When your in a room, forget everyone else for the moment. I carry a clip board around with me all the time. I keep charts of anything which gives me trouble. I use it to write down all the little things that need to be done at some time during my shift, so I don't forget. This frees up my mind to do whats in front of me. I refer to it often, and it has saved me many times from forgetting a detail which could bite me in the rear later.
I see other new nurses doing things that help them. One nurse I worked with wore a painters 1/2 apron around her waist. In it she put a little of everything she could forget. It saved her tons of steps - the very ones I ran when I first began. She took a lot of flak for wearing it, but it helped her. I still get weird looks for carrying my clip board - but, it's a tool more valuable then my stethascope. My advice is to sit down and look at your problem areas and find solutions. Then revise those solutions on a regular basis. Before long, you will be flying free.