Oct 19, '06
I'd say take your instructors advice..."I have been complimented by my instructor on my care,listening,communication and intuition and caring...just not my time and my organization!"
It seems you already have your "must work on list." Yes, spending time with the residents is a wonderful part of the job, BUT we are there to assist the nurses first and foremost! Try to "keep the residents conversation on track." I know how they can talk for hours about their lives and yes it is amazing to hear their stories, but if this gets in the way of pt care then there is a problem. Try to tell them "I'll come back to talk with you as soon as I can, but I have to get these vital signs (etc) to the nurses" or volunteer on your days off to assist with bingo or whatever activity is going on that day. That is what my LTC facility did.
If you really want this, you can have it, just take your instructors advice and organize your day as best you can (ie: baths at 0600, v/s at 0800, baths at 1000, etc..) and try to cut down on the talking. I wish you the best of luck.
Last edit by jb2u on Oct 19, '06
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