Sounds like you are doing a great job! Just by reading your post I can tell you have the ability to anticipate the needs of your pts. Soon you will find your self in a routine. You are not alone!! We have all been there!! In fact my first job out of nursing school
was Night Shift Working Supervisor. Here are a couple of things that I have done to help me organize my "known" tasks:
I have designed a report sheet that includes space for the report I recieve, treatments, special concerns, even code status for quick reference. I also make a shopping list space...as I recieve report I note what I will need, ie: Jevity Plus / tubing/Drain Guaze, Lancets / Glucometer, D5NS / tubing / Flushes, Alcohol pads, I.V. ABX at Room Temp. etc...
Immediately after report I assemble my shopping list.
I carry tape EVERYWHERE! I also carry measuring tape, clamps, scissors, penlight EVERYWHERE.
I always put a Blood Pressure Cuff & Pulse Oximeter on/in my med cart (I hate trying to track them down in a pinch)
When I document I flip through the treatment sheets as I go, this helps me remember points, and document efffectively, and prevents "brain cramps"!! lol
You may want to make sure you have some "fall packets", "Emergency Transfer Packets", "Death Packets", made up and stashed for your own use in these circumstances. It is such a pain trying to collect all the necessary paperwork in a pinch only to find that you have to go make copies etc...
Hang in there....We need you!! Hope this helps.