What are your white board goals? - page 2

I'm a new nurse on a busy oncology unit about to get out of orientation and be on my own on the floor for the first time...! I'm looking to improve my patient education by developing better shift... Read More

  1. Visit  julz68 profile page
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    I walked into a room once where the "Goal for the day" was "To Poop!" on the white board. I was a bit shocked and also a little amused at the same time. The patient must've seen my expression because she then politely asked me to erase what the previous nurse had written. She stated that although that is her goal, she didn't want it up there for all to see, especially family and friends who may visit. That was back when I was a CNA going to nursing school. I made a mental note then to always ask if the patient would like their goals written down on the white board, regardless if it were something that blatant or not.
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  2. Visit  chrisrn24 profile page
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    Quote from julz68
    I walked into a room once where the "Goal for the day" was "To Poop!" on the white board. I was a bit shocked and also a little amused at the same time. The patient must've seen my expression because she then politely asked me to erase what the previous nurse had written. She stated that although that is her goal, she didn't want it up there for all to see, especially family and friends who may visit. That was back when I was a CNA going to nursing school. I made a mental note then to always ask if the patient would like their goals written down on the white board, regardless if it were something that blatant or not.
    Haha that is kinda funny!
  3. Visit  clezalla profile page
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    i totally agree for the most part the goal for 98% of my patients is to go home! so that's what I put. I will put up questions they have for the doctors since i work nights and they aren't making rounds until the next day, this helps the patients remember that they had questions
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  4. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
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    OMG I thought white boards were a fad only at my hospital/facility. (Sometimes when you're in the military system, you feel isolated from the rest of the world. That's sort of why I came back onto AN.)

    It's far worse than I thought.

    THEY'RE A NATIONAL FAD.
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  5. Visit  BiohazardBetty profile page
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    Quote from carolinapooh
    OMG I thought white boards were a fad only at my hospital/facility. (Sometimes when you're in the military system, you feel isolated from the rest of the world. That's sort of why I came back onto AN.)

    It's far worse than I thought.

    THEY'RE A NATIONAL FAD.
    I wish they were a fad on their way out the door! They really suck... Some pts take it too seriously, "it's been an hour & 59.3 minutes and no one has come to reposition me!?!" & others are totally insulted, asking either why we are making our checklists in their rooms or saying we don't need to tell them what to do…

    Since I'm oncology, I've taken to using the goal area to write their daily labs & say the goal is to be within normal limits. Even though that's very unrealistic for many of our patients, they still mostly seem to like to see their numbers.

    Sometimes I wish I had taken my husbands advice and pursued a job as an RN w/ the Navy traveling w/ him... Thanks for your service!!
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  6. Visit  carolinapooh profile page
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    ^This. All of it. And you're welcome!

    (Psst, you can always find a health care recruiter....LOL!)
  7. Visit  gigglestarsRN profile page
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    I've seen se good goals listed already but wanted to add I will also write things like " ambulated with assistance 3 times" or " up to chair for all meals" and put check boxes next to the goal and check them off when done. Pts love seeing their goals met and crossed off the list. I also include procedures or interventions like " transfuse 1 unit of blood" or "echocardiogram". It helps them get a feel for their day.
  8. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from hallgirlz3
    I love your comment "what is the most important thing that I can do as your nurse today?", this really allows for your patients to be involved in their own care. It conveys to them I care about your wants and needs and you are not just another patient in a bed to me! Kuddos to you! I intend to steal and use your awesome suggestion! Thank You!

    Dear lord, please don't let the suits in charge hear you say something like "what is the most important thing I can do as your nurse today?" They'll jump on that like a pack of wolves. Then it'll it be a mandatory thing to say in order to increase satisfaction scores. Isn't there enough customer service nonsense in nursing already?

    If I have to provide that much "customer service", I might as well be a waiter and there better be a tip left for me on the bed after they discharge.
    Last edit by BrandonLPN on Jul 15, '13
  9. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    I don't really like the whiteboard myself, although I do think it can be very useful for certain patients. I always write down my name at least. For admissions I'll usually write "welcome to to the unit" or something equally as silly. I usually don't write things that the patient has little control of like titrating drips or vent settings because I would hate for them to feel like they failed. I keep it simple and attainable. Get OOB, deep breaths, watch jeopardy, visit with family, that sort of thing.


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