Since there are less patients, I usually just use our unit census sheet (the backside is blank). I then make boxes on the bottom half and label each box with times 19-06. The top half of the sheet I write patients name, dr, allergies, code status. Next line is admit date and diagnosis. All of the pertinant info that takes just minutes to find out. Later, I peruse the chart and write history, etc. I use the right side of the paper to remind myself to relay info to dayshift, if I have to clarify something with the doc etc (example, 18 hr dose of iv amiodarone up at 900, then change to po...) this would be important to relay to dayshift. This works for me, especially since I rarely have more than two patients, but if I do have more, I use the same sheet for my others. In the individually timed boxes, I write down what needs to be done during that hour ie: meds, turn off x gtt, labs (and I write what I need to have done), check cbs, turns, etc.
Now that I have worked in the unit for awhile, I don't rely on this as much even though I still do it. It does wonders if I have to turf a patient to another rn in the middle of the night-then they have a plan and hx, etc all right if front of them (especially good if I am too busy to give a good report...) Also if one of my patients starts to go downhill another rn can check my sheet if I am tied up and make sure that any random time meds, swan numbers etc are done on time. Anyway, it works for me!