I made myself a pre-printed jot sheet. I had a section for each patient, with name, room #, Dx, Doc, IVfluid and rate, and then a little space for each of the times I'd need VSs. I also had a space for if the patient was DNR, and if there was something that was really important, like Nimotop Q4, or if they had a CSF drain.
I had a vertical column for each patient in which I'd write the times that meds or tx's were due, which I'd circle and then cross out as I administered them. I even had a little code for my assessment and for charting the assessment for each part of my shift. In the middle was room for a quick summary for giving report. I even got in the habit of checking off the summary when I gave report, which came in handy when the bytch that I was reporting to missed a med and told the bytchy NM that I hadn't told her. Well, I showed her my jot sheet where I'd checked it off. Not to mention that report doesn't include every little detail!!
*sigh* Anyway, At the top of the page, above where my patient-squares were, were some things that I have trouble remembering - telephone numbers, codes for labs, codes for the beepers! Sheesh - I worked there for years and years and never could remember what the codes meant.
I could either fold it in quarters and put it in my pocket, which is what I ended up doing most of the time, or I could leave it open and stick it on a clipboard. Easier for writing on, but more likely to be lost.
I also bought a tool belt to wear on duty. We had nurse locators, and I had that permanently on a velcro loop, and I kept my calipers, scissors, several clamps (I worked with a nurse who refused to buy any and used mine all the time), dead-ends (which I guess you don't need anymore, with these needle-less systems whoo hooo!) and alcohol preps and... stuff like that. When I was researching nursing school
, I read that the average nurse walks 7 miles a shift. And I don't know if that's an 8-hr or a 12-hr shift!! But I learned very quickly that the unorganized nurse walks a LOT farther than the organized one!!
The thing is, you'll work out the rhythm and the system that works for you.
I'd tried the cards, but I found that it was easier for *me* to be able to look at all the times on one page of paper in order to decide what was going to be done in what order.