Your teacher is talking about times when she sees you perform, so maybe she's talking about dressing changes, med administration, assessments. You can think of other times, too.
In nursing, we get more organized because we get good at creating a system that we generally always follow. In the ED, this meant I (on a stable patient) did my vitals, pretty much the same way every time, that lead me to the med list, allergies, tetanus hx, pertinent pmh, then I asked cc, hpi and performed and wrote down my assessment and interventions. Because I became pretty slavish to how I did things, my charts tended to pass audit for things like tetanus history, allergies and current meds (the things you can forget to write down if you have a hopping-all-over, jack-rabbit approach to doing an initial assessment on a patient). When I am doing a new role or task, I look to create that system that will help me do what I need to do.
Instructor is seeing you at times you are doing new procedures, med admin, dressings. Are you getting in there to give meds and finding you don't have an alcohol prep, gloves, a straw for the water glass? At the mediprep, look over everything before you haul it in. Do you have what you need? If Mrs. Jones likes to take her meds with apple juice or cracker, do you have it with you before you get to the bedside? If the instructor is seeing you run away from the bedside repeatedly during tasks like that, she knows your time management problems will multiply by a factor of 100 when you get 6 patients.
It's hard to create a systematic approach when you have a sum total of 2 or 3 months of experience, but work to evolve a system and do a mental inventory of what you'll need before you go into the bedside to do a procedure. Nothing like an isolation patient to hone this particular skill. This, and time, will help.
Finally, systems that help us are really important, but you may have to step away from your system for critical care patients or to meet preferences of your patients. Some anxious patients just couldn't wait to tell me bits of their cc and generally, if it became obvious that I wasn't going to be able to pull them back to "my" system, I went with their preference in order to be responsive to their needs (to feel heard). So don't become so married to your system that you cannot flex when needed.
[This message has been edited by MollyJ (edited April 02, 2001).]