nursetaminator, RN 3,099 Views
Joined Jul 10, '07.
Posts: 142 (27% Liked)
It just takes time, a ton of patience and a ton of stamina. It will get easier in the sense that you'll start learning how to group tasks, remember to check several different places for meds (fridge, med cabinet, incoming box), better/more efficient ways to chart, etc, etc. But it takes a while. Don't be too hard on yourself.
I make sure my COW is properly stocked in the morning (alcohol, insulin syringes, tape, saline, etc) so I have the basic things I'll need. I use a brain sheet bc it helps keep me organized. I usually put 2 3X3 post it notes on that sheet that I make short notes of things I'll need, things to chart, things to charge for - you name it. I don't carry a clip board to each pt's room, just my folded up brain sheet in my pocket. I do have a 3 ring binder I keep at my nurses station with extra forms, various notes, or anything with info I'd need to have quickly at hand. I made a card that's the size of my badge that has phone extensions to the places I call the most, laminated it and have it on on my lanyard. Bought myself a pulse ox and tempadots since those 2 things seem to be scarce and I get tired of searching for ours. You have to find a system that works for you and keep revising and perfecting it. Pay attention to what other nurses around you do and don't be afraid to ask them for suggestions on how to be more efficient.
Seems like the first year of everything is hard work: marriage, new job, kids!!! A year from now you'll look back and have a good laugh at yourself. I know I have with each new "adventure."
Best of luck to you. Keep hanging in there!! And God bless ALL nurses - each specialty is challenging in its own way.
Since I learned so much from others figured I'd post a journal too. Couldn't have done it without all the ideas from past CPNE'rs. OMG what a wonderful feeling to have CPNE conquered!!
YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!! Good luck to future testers.
I fantasize about being the cleaning lady at work. She always looks so happy, mopping the floor, taking out the trash, wiping down the counters. Oh how little stress she has. The patients are always happy to see her. She doesn't get physically assaulted, yelled at, lied to, manipulated, complained on, run into the ground, etc. You get the idea.
Have to agree with pretty much everything others have said in this thread, the positive and the negative. I've had to make peace with being a nurse and all it entails. Some days I like my job, some days I curse myself for choosing this career path. But I am putting in my time and working toward goals I have. Nursing will allow me to do what I want in life. So there's my take on our profession.
And to answer your question: Yes. Yes it does.
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