I am a new grad and I've been working on a subacute rehab unit at a LTC facility for 2 months now. I really love it and I'm well supported by my coworkers. On a typical day, my unit has about 36 patients (up to 40), 2 med/treatment nurses, 1 charge nurse and 1 to do admissions and discharges. So I'm typically responsible for the morning med pass for about 18 patients. I'm curious how other med nurses arrange their morning schedule to gain speed. I come in at 7, generally start my pass around 7:30 (after getting count, stocking my cart and getting any blood sugars), and I finish around 10 or 10:30. So it takes me about 3 hours to do a med pass. I've seen others at my facility finishing their med pass at 9...how is this possible when each resident takes 10-15 meds?
Please, if anyone has tips or tricks for time management, it would be much appreciated. Since I'm on a rehab unit, I do have therapists coming at me constantly wanting to take my patients down to therapy, so I would love to start finishing earlier than I have been!