How do experienced nurses do it to memorize everything?

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    Tomorrow is my third day of orientation and I want to show them I can be a great nurse even though I am very new.

    How do you experienced nurses remember at what time all patients were sitting, out of bed, and all information and assessments that you did to each patient without writing anything down?

    At the end of the shift I see these experienced nurses just filling out all of the paper work very very fast.

    Me I feel like my brain gets blocked and I think to myself at this time in military time was my patient awake, sitting etc... and this is just one patient.

    Any tips or is it just that my memory is not that great?
    Last edit by NursingBro on Feb 26, '13
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    I have been a nurse for many years, and no I don't memorize anything. I carry my report sheet with me at all times and write one word reminders with times. I call this my brain, and if I misplace it, forget it, you're not getting a very good report. So my advice is to carry a little notebook with you and develop your own shorthand. Don't rely on memory alone, you are sure to write the wrong thing for the wrong person.
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    Quote from shiningstarinpa
    I have been a nurse for many years, and no I don't memorize anything. I carry my report sheet with me at all times and write one word reminders with times. I call this my brain, and if I misplace it, forget it, you're not getting a very good report. So my advice is to carry a little notebook with you and develop your own shorthand. Don't rely on memory alone, you are sure to write the wrong thing for the wrong person.
    thanks i will need to buy more notebooks! =D
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    Every nurse I work with has a "brain" paper that has all the info needed to chart accurately, even several hours later.
    As shiningstar posted, it doesn't have to be lengthy info.
    Example: Norco 1230 or BR 0300 next to the pts name.
    Some of us use the kardex printed out on each pt.
    Some of us use pre-made brains. One of the nurses here has a link to some pretty cool forms she created.
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    do you know where i can download those forms?
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    Quote from NursingBro
    do you know where i can download those forms?
    You can search "brain sheets" here on AN and you will find that a lot of users have uploaded their brain sheets as examples/for use.

    I feel lost without my brain (pun intended). But if I have taken care of the patient for a couple of days already, I already begin to remember things about them and won't have to rely on my "brain" (sheet) as much. As for the tasks done throughout the day (patient sitting on side of bed, patient ambulating in hall, etc) I either write a quick little note on my sheet or on just any sort of scrap paper, usually paper towels lol. So for example:

    12: 300cc (emptied 300cc from urinal in rm 12)
    13: Norco (patient asked for a Norco)
    14: ambulated @ 2100 (and as for the other details, such as if they needed any assist or use of a walker, I just remember that in my head and chart that later)

    As a PP suggested, develop your own shorthand. It doesn't have to be lengthy. Just enough as a little reminder to yourself.
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    Experience helps.I don't write gown much except vitals and PRNs given. The rest I just remember.
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    I believe it is Esme that has the links to the brain sheets.
    Yooo hooo... Esme...
    Try searching "brain sheets" here on AN and see it they pop up or try messaging Esme, if you can.
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    go to these threads....http://allnurses.com/emergency-nursi...954-page2.html and http://allnurses.com/lpn-lvn-corner/...94.html.....or go to the search box in the upper right hand corner and type in brain sheets esme......


    brain sheets.......here are a few.

    mtpmedsurg.doc
    1 patient float.doc‎
    5 pt. shift.doc‎
    finalgraduateshiftreport.doc‎
    horshiftsheet.doc‎
    report sheet.doc‎
    day sheet 2 doc.doc
    ICU report sheet.doc‎


    critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students

    student clinical report sheet for one patient

    I have made some for nursing students and some other an members (daytonite, RIP) have made these for others.....adapt them way you want. I hope they help - See more at: http://allnurses.com/emergency-nursi....SDLfH1QW.dpuf
    Last edit by Esme12 on Mar 31, '13
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    Honestly, I bet for the most part the guesstimate times as well, there are certain things like drugs that need to be accurate, but what time you helped them up to the bathroom, a ball park time is used.

    Now I am not saying this is right, just assuming they do that.


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