Time Management Tips

  1. Hi there!

    New to this site, VERY happy to see a hospice nursing forum. What a wonderful resource!

    I am preparing a time management inservice for field hospice staff and am looking for any tips / tricks you would be willing to share.

    I enjoyed very much reading through the other posts and look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   CCU NRS
    That is a hard thing to devise, first off they are sort of feild specific, and secondly they require a routine in my opinion.

    I work CCU I begin each day with report, then I see my Pts and assess them and check the monitor and run strips, then I chart, evrything up to that point, many of the nurses I work with do not chart until around 9:30 or 10:00 after AM meds.

    My system works for me, I chart and then eat BF(emergent care not with standing)and then Pull AM meds and then Pass am meds, if I have dressing changes or first day Post-op orders from a CABG I pass those meds last and then do the dressing or get the person up before I leave the room, then I chart these interventions.

    See what I mean I can't really help with hospice Nursing, Mine are sort of field dependant. Hope you get some responses from other Hospice folks I just know that it usually helps to get a thread kicked off, if people see there are no posts they sometime won't even look at the thread until there are posts to read.

    BTW welcome to the BB I hope you feel welcome and continue to enjoy the open exchange of ideas offered on this medium!
  4. by   jerseyRN
    Do as much as you can from home or on the road. Too many distractions in the office... and if you're visible, you're likely to be the solution to any "who can we send" problem that arises!
  5. by   Mandee
    I agree regarding staying out of the office. I also encourage case managers to keep a day planner and write out their scheduels etc...Also have a book with their patients in it, with the info. in plastic protectors, then when they are going to see patient they pull out the protector and insert any paperwork they need to complete(skin tool, pain assessment,nurse note etc..) I think everyone finds their own way to organize themselves but the key is to be very organized.

    Mandee
  6. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from jerseyRN
    Do as much as you can from home or on the road. Too many distractions in the office... and if you're visible, you're likely to be the solution to any "who can we send" problem that arises!
    Ex-Hospice Homecare Nurse here. I found that I spent way too much time on my job with Hospice. I actually started work when I got up in the a.m. and worked up until I went to bed at night. I often dreamt of Hospice and lost sleep because of Hospice when I woke to pee and thoughts wouldn't let me go back to sleep. I wish I had gotten paid by the hour! :chuckle I guess I was a "what not to do" kind of Hospice Nurse. I guess that a Hospice Homecare nurse has to set fairly strick time restraints -OR- spend 80+ hrs. a week doing his/her job.
  7. by   jerseyRN
    Oh, that sounds familiar! It's hard to find the balance between being a hospice nurse & all the other roles we have in this life.

    Where are you working now?
  8. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from jerseyRN
    Oh, that sounds familiar! It's hard to find the balance between being a hospice nurse & all the other roles we have in this life.

    Where are you working now?
    I am a Unit Manager in LTC for the first time. It's much less stress for me. Although, once again, I am salaried and putting in more than 40 hrs. Maybe 45-50. But at least I don't take it home with me nearly as much. Hospice is a great organization though.
  9. by   AmPmRnoncall
    One of the biggest problems I run into is running into the office for a sec and get suckered into and hour-long problem solving issue with my co-workers, who are RN's but haven't done any clinical nursing for many many years. Organize the best you can and always have adequate paperwork and supplies. I went as far and to purchase a copier and I keep it in my car.....
    Lois RN

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