What do you use as your "brain" while on the job? - page 2

by JRP1120, RN

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Just wondering if anyone has made up their own worksheet "brain" (without hospital identifying info of course) to help them remember what needs to get done, looked at, labs, tests, meds, etc, to help keep you on track during your... Read More


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    Just wondering if anyone has made up their own worksheet "brain" (without hospital identifying info of course) to help them remember what needs to get done, looked at, labs, tests, meds, etc, to help keep you on track during your shift? If so, can you post them here for others? I find it extremely helpful to see what other nurses use to help them with time management and keeping track of all that has to be done during a shift, especially for us newbies! I didn't do a search to see if this topic has already been posted, so I apologize if it's already been a topic.
    I created one after my first week as a new nurse, because I needed more structure than the one on my unit provided. It's for a NICU, though, so doubt it'd be helpful for you. So, I guess my point is...try creating one that you, specifically, are comfortable with?

    Mine is an excel form, so I can't attach it, but I'll send it to you if you think you need/want it. Just PM me.
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    Along with a paper with my "brain" on it, I used my iPhone. I set alarms for medications that were at different times such as 2pm or 4pm. I also have an app called Errands. You can make a check off list on it. so I had the other stuff on there. For example I have 6 lists and I can adjust the room numbers on it. I have morning assessment, morning charting, morning meds, check orders, New orders done, etc. I have check orders in 5 different places on there because my biggest problem was forgetting to check orders at different times. It really helped me stay organized and not feeling so overwhelmed. Plus I could just look and say charting done for rooms 1, 3, 5,6 next up 2 and 4 etc. After a while I stopped using it as often because it has become second nature to me. But it really helped alot.
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