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- by Michelle123 Feb 22, '10Hi,
I have just started on a medical ward. I had a week of supernumary and then I started on my own. As you can imagine being a brand new nurse, I am overwhelmed to say the least. I'm frustrated that I am not able to spend the time with my patients that I want to (and was able to during my placements) but I am positive that once I work out my time management and become more effecient I will be able to do that.
I'm curious about the different ward routines that you have?
We have 7-1530 mornings, 13/1330-2130/2200 afternoon shift and 2100-0730 nocte shift.
Generally the morning shift has 4-5 patients, and the afternoon has 6 patients per nurse.
I've done mostly afternoons, so trying to get my head around getting everything done....
I was thinking that if you share your routines I might be able to pick up some hints or tips.
I absolutely love this job, I've only been an RN for 2 weeks, and still feel like I'm in over my head, but I know in my heart that this is the job I was meant to do.
- May 6 by eccentric souljust like you Michelle123, I am still working with time management in medical ward with an average of 85 to 100 or more patients. If you can master 3-4 patients. with only 1 or two nurses during the night shift, it is really hard especially when a code blue is going on. don't be frustrated with not spending much time with the patient since there are other works to do... just sharing my experience in medical ward
- May 6 by eatmysoxRNYou'll develop a routine as you gain experience. Your orientation sounds way too short. If you're uncomfortable I recommend requesting more time in orientation as well.
- May 6 by JustBeachyNurseQuote from eatmysoxRNJust an FYI this post is originally from 2010. It's hoped by now that the OP has found their niche and experience.You'll develop a routine as you gain experience. Your orientation sounds way too short. If you're uncomfortable I recommend requesting more time in orientation as well.
- May 6 by Esme12while I am sure Michelle has found her way......there maybe others who could use a few brain sheets..... These have been made by me and other AN members (Daytonite,RIP, made the student sheets)for AN members use them and change them as you need.
1 patient float.doc
5 pt. shift.doc
day sheet 2 doc.doc
critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students
student clinical report sheet for one patient