How Do You Manage To Clock Out On Time? - page 3

I am having a heck of a time clocking out at 1930 hours when I'm suppose to be on my way home. :( Perhaps you all could share with me some time saving tips and things I can do to get out on time. ... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Thanks everyone for your responses. There's a lot of excellent advice here! I especially like Ken's solution to running low on items for the patients...........stock everything needed in each patient's room so it's there when it's needed. Thumbs up to this idea!

    Also, the phones ringing to the nurses when the calls should be directed to the assistants for non-nursing matters each patient wants is a great idea.

    I, too, prioritize each patient's need based on the urgency and emergency of the matter.

    Be back tomorrow. Falling asleep now :zzzzzzzzzz
  2. by   ainz
    Time management.
    As sjoe says--setting limits, enforcing those limits, "just say no" when work is clearly being shoved off on you.
    Prioritizing--there are other shifts that come behind you, that is why they are there--you can't do it all. There will always be more to do than you can get done, so prioritize and do what you can in your allotted time, when time is up, pass on the baton to the next shift.
  3. by   live4today
    Ainz...I agree wholeheartedly with the "pass on the baton" statement because "there are other shifts that come behind" us. Now, if the other two or three shifts would keep this truth in mind, a smoother transition between shifts could occur...at least from this standpoint anyway.
  4. by   renerian
    Dang are we supposed to get out on time LOLOL-shoot I missed the boat on that one......................


    renerian
  5. by   Brita01
    I found that a lot of my time was being eaten up during med pass, walking back and forth from the rooms down long hallways to the med cart. So I went out and bought some ziplock baggies and one of those plastic school boxes with the handles. I pull all the med sheets and put them in my binder that has a divider for each patient. Then I insert pills into baggies that I have threaded through a binder hole in each divided section. In the little plastic box, I put IVPBs, saline flushes, and plastic med cups. That way I can truck from room to room without having to walk all the way back to the nurse's station for things. Even though this helps tremendously, I still rarely get out on time due to this or that happening.
  6. by   Tweety
    Originally posted by John Coxey
    All:

    - I am still in school - getting started actually.

    - Question: If you clock out late - do you get paid for the "extra time" - or do you work "off the clock"?

    - How does management view this? I would assume that if you are working over 40 hours a week - that this would be "overtime pay" and that management would be pushing you to get done on time.

    - Any one care to comment?

    Thanks,

    John Coxey

    We get paid for being there when we are late. For 12 hour people working three days this doesn't mean overtime. But for 40 hour workers it does. "Incidental overtime" apparently eats up a big part of management's precious budget and they don't like it. If we are chronically late getting out we are "counseled" to see if there is anything that can be done to help us out.

    Management seems to be particularly harsh on travelers and contracts, even though they work 12 hours. But I think they get OT for anything over their contracted hours.
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Brita01
    I found that a lot of my time was being eaten up during med pass, walking back and forth from the rooms down long hallways to the med cart. So I went out and bought some ziplock baggies and one of those plastic school boxes with the handles. I pull all the med sheets and put them in my binder that has a divider for each patient. Then I insert pills into baggies that I have threaded through a binder hole in each divided section. In the little plastic box, I put IVPBs, saline flushes, and plastic med cups. That way I can truck from room to room without having to walk all the way back to the nurse's station for things. Even though this helps tremendously, I still rarely get out on time due to this or that happening.
    Good for you girlfriend! Great ideas you present here. I think it's great to bring all these ideas of "time management skills" together on a forum for nurses. We ALL could use the extra tips to get us through the long tedious shifts we work day after day.

    I need a system such as you have established for yourself. I'm going to do some brainstorming, jot down my ideas, and implement them specific for my unit so I can test drive what I come up with, then get back to you all here. Wish me luck!

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