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Know that you are not alone there must be other nurses in the building on other units that you can call for questions. Find out where the extension numbers are for the other units.
Before you ask another nurse though see if you can find the answer to your question yourself.
Where do they keep a list of all the doctor's phone numbers?
Different client's may have different doctor's the number should be on the face sheet in the front of that client's chart.
How do I fill out a telephone order or neuro check form or fall evaluation?
Again look in the client's chart and you should see one that has been previously filled out.
Get familiar with where the blank forms are kept and then rely on a previous example in the charts to fill it out.
That should help with some of the paperwork.
Best of Luck
This is good advice, the paperwork, and searching for paperwork can add a lot of unnecessary time to your day. Also, it doesn't sound like a very good facility with the workload.
Don't worry about helping the CNAs too much until you get your own job sorted out.
Once you do narc count you own the cart, so best not to do that until your shift is supposed to start. Use that time to stock supplies, especially treatment supplies -- nothing ruins your day like finding out you have a treatment due and no supplies to be found.
If you come in early, use that time to read the patient chart, nurse's notes, doc's notes, social services notes, T.O.s, labs, face sheet info (contacts, allergies, cor status), who's on coumadin, who the diabetics are, are they brittle or controlled?
Get to know your patients, it will make you feel a lot more confident, especially when you have to call the dr. You are the drs. eyes and ears, they've got 30, 40, 50 patients, so you need to be able to give them very specific information about the patient when you call. Because especially on 2nd or 3rd shift a lot of time you will be talking to an on-call who doesn't know anything about the patient.
Learn which doc likes things done how -- some want some labs called in to voice mail for later pick up, some like them called in right away to the doc, etc.
You have time for a meal break?