I'm 8 weeks into a 16-week ICU orientation. Per my preceptor, charge nurses, and ICU directors, I am advancing faster than normal and I am handling the stress well. I LOVE ICU, and I feel like I'm really blossoming. My main obstacle, as so many of you, is charting
I've been told I'm a fast charter and I do have previous experience charting, both as a CNA and a pharmacy tech. I've had several very, very sick/unstable patients and, even when I start my day all caught up in real-time, I find I'm staying an hour or so to chart everyday. I spoke with my preceptor, who says this is more of a situational issue than a personal issue. She states it's been circumstances out of my control that's put me behind, and not necessarily lack of time management.
I get to my unit an hour early to get info on my patients and print strips. I begin my care plans as early as possible, always before 1000. I chart vitals, I&Os, and physican calls in real-time. My main struggle is my head to toe assessment, filling in the blanks, completing our restraint flowsheet, etc. It just takes forever.
Any tips to work smarter, not harder? For reference, my facility uses Allscripts. I'm not looking for shortcuts, but there HAS to be a better way.