Thisthread has been great! Ihave a few more tips that I have found of great help...and made my work a lot easier in the long run.
Always check with radiology,xRAY etc when your patient has been ordered a test to find out that they are on the list, approx time. Don't assume that they are always on the list
I check vitals, drips, drains etc at start of shift for every pt, and ask about pain/nasea, any probs they are having. I never just go off what I've been handed over. Thept will often bring up other issues/concerns as you are an approachable nurse.
Always document in notes your assessment after intial assessment on shift, everyone will then know if pt status has changed throughout shift/day/week etc.
Don't just think about a pt in the acute stage, try and always do an holistic assessment, esp if elderly, as they may just be placed back into unsafe home environment and end back in hospital...worse than before. I make like to find out status of carer (if they have one) as they will open be fatigued from caring with no break...elderly are often abused/neglected by carer/family (carers are often unaware that they are doing this).
Always be kind and curtious...even when other staff may not be back to you. Just focus on being the best nurse you can be for your pts.