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Joined: May 20, '05; Posts: 1,037 (8% Liked) ; Likes: 119
Nurse Practitioner; from US
Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in ACNP-BC

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  • Apr 27

    Hi Suz, I'm a new RN (been working since July) & I've got a good system that keeps me pretty organized. On my unit we print out computerized kardexes on each patient & when I'm getting report from the previous shift I write down what they tell me & highlight it yellow . Then during my shift, I make notes for myself on the kardex about what's going on with the pt-anything abnormal, labs, tests they had or will have, pt complaints, pain issues, etc. whatever I know I'll need to report to the next shift I highlight in pink. So when I give report, everything I need to tell them is in pink. It makes giving report so easy! Also, during my shift whatever I need to do for my pt, I write it in the margin of my kardex, & when I complete it, I cross it off. That helps me stay organized. I staple all the pt kardexes together and keep them on my clipboard, which goes with me everywhere. This sytem works very well for me & I always feel organized even when the day is crazy (like it was today!!) . Oh & also, at the beginning of my shift, I write down all my pt's med times on my kardex, & as I give the meds, I check off the box next to the time so I know I gave all the meds. I also make a little box and write "assessment" next to it, and as soon as I write & chart my assessment I check off that box. Hope some of this helps you.
    -Christine

  • Apr 14

    This has been my favorite thread to read so far! I am a new RN who just graduated in May & on Monday I will be starting my orientation on a med/surg/tele floor. (I already did the classroom orientation part). I am so excited & nervous to start. Thanks for all the really good advice on this thread! I have one question-how long did it take you all to really feel like you are a nurse? It feels so weird & strange to say I'm an RN! Also, how hard was it for you when you were brand new,to delegate to nursing assistants? I worked as one during nursing school & so I've never ever delegated to anyone before. I'm used to others delegating TO me, so this will be very different for me! I know exactly what I can & cannot delegate, but know I'll feel strange in this new role. Do you know what I mean? I also wonder how long it will take me to get competent in things like interpreting tele strips & inserting IVs. Thinking about that makes me nervous!
    -Christine

  • Apr 7

    I feel like this is my one big fuzzy area in nursing. I memorize what I do when I get a patient on coumadin, and then I forget it until I have another pt. on it. Can you explain to me exactly what INR stands for and based on the numbers how you (well, the physician or NP)adjust Coumadin therapy? Thanks so much.

    Warfarin (Coumadin) and INR

  • Oct 26 '17

    Definitely do the`summer extern program. You'll gain valuable practical hands-on experience that you may not get from only reading books. Plus it will give you more confidence and you'll feel more comfortable approaching and taking care of pts, it looks great on resumes, you're getting paid to learn, and it just may lead to a job as a nurse once you graduate!

  • Sep 24 '17

    Thanks for your advice everyone! I really appreciate it. I am also going to be in a nurse educator certificate program...am super excited to be doing this! I really feel it will be so very helpful for me in order to reach my educator goals. I found a really great program that is perfect for me. I love school!

  • Aug 16 '17

    Thanks for your advice everyone! I really appreciate it. I am also going to be in a nurse educator certificate program...am super excited to be doing this! I really feel it will be so very helpful for me in order to reach my educator goals. I found a really great program that is perfect for me. I love school!



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