I'm new too and I make myself lists and check-off when I've done them. I write everything down! At the beginning of my orientation I even had to write down a word or two to remind me what not to forget before doing my assessments on my patients or I'd forget
now, I'm almost off orientation and already I don't have to do that part anymore...but for me, I still write a lot of things down that the more experienced nurses just know to do. It comes with time and practice. I find that forgetting the little things, even when they are important, happens because I'm new and nervous. When I would stress about this, for me, it would create more stress on my brain and it seemed I'd forget even more. So I just stop, take a deep breath, go over what I'm about to do in my head then write it down. Then it's there if I need the reminder and it gets checked off as I do it. Don't be so hard on yourself! However, I know what you're feeling. There have been many a time, I'd kick myself afterward and say to myself, "duh! How could you forget that, you idiot!" It's all part of being new. And remember, we can be our own worst critics so watch what you tell yourself too...when you do remember things you need to remember, start replacing that "ugh, you idiot" self-talk with a "yay! I did it". Negative self-talk can make things worse. Keep at it and you'll see that things get easier with time. I'm already seeing that. Good luck!