What are your white board goals? - page 2

by BiohazardBetty | 9,002 Views | 21 Comments

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... Read More


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    Mine are real simple. I do not even fill out the damn whiteboards. I hate those things.
    BrandonLPN, noyesno, carolinapooh, and 3 others like this.
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    Love it! Our boards have a spot for date of discharge... like we really know that in advance enough to write it down!
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    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    Mine are real simple. I do not even fill out the damn whiteboards. I hate those things.
    I'm with you!!! On my unit they are a total waste of time....
    And if I were to ask my pts ( at least 90% of them) " As your nurse, what do you think I can do for you today"....the answer would most likely go something like this...

    " I need you to milk the cows....and we need to sell these shoehorns by noon...and can you please wash this green pepper in the toilet for me?"

    Ahhh....the joys of geri/psych!!
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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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    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!
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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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    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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    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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    ^This. All of it. And you're welcome!

    (Psst, you can always find a health care recruiter....LOL!)
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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.


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