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 goals to write on the white boards in the patients' rooms. My preceptor and the other nurses on my floor write the generic "call for assistance" on every white board... For example:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Goal: Call for assistance
We do have a very limited amount of space on the boards, but I'd like to be more specific, and still patient friendly. Do you write very specific statements like "maintain pain level between 3-4 on 1-10 scale" or things as simple as "Turn, cough, & deep breathe every hour"?
What are some examples of shift goals that you write for your patients?