I have a difficult time remembering all my patients information during clinical. During the medical-surgical rotation, I had to go to the hospital and pick patients and I generally have all the important information regarding how the patients came to the hospital and what were the physicians' plans for them. I had three patients in my last med-surgical rotation and I found myself to have a difficult time remembering the pts' info and I fumbled with my SBAR and lab sheets many times to look for their info when I gave a report to my instructor for each patient. A classmate of mine said that she read off the pts' info from the SBAR page and the instructor seemed to be fine with that. However, another classmate of mine seemed to have all the pts' info memorize by heart and she gave her reports to the instructors without fumbling; I mean she referred back to the lab sheet now and then since she could not memorize the lab values for her patients at time. But when I tried to imitate her, it was close to impossible.
My question is do I have to memorize all the patients' information when I give report to my instructors? OR is that optional?
For working nurses out there, do you generally remember all of your pts' report? if yes, how do you remember the pts' information.