New to nursing - ward routines?

  1. 0
    Hi,

    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.

    Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  2. 4 Comments...

  3. 0
    just 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
  4. 0
    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.
  5. 0
    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    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.
    Just an FYI this post is originally from 2010. It's hoped by now that the OP has found their niche and experience.
  6. 1
    while 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.


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

    critical thinking flow sheet for nursing students

    student clinical report sheet for one patient
    KatRN 821 likes this.


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top