This is going to sound kinda silly, but I'm a second year (3rd semester of 4 semester ADN program) and I was assigned two patients today for the first time on a busy med-surg floor.
I had a hard time and was all over the place.
One patient was a ETOH detox with a lot going on, platelet precaution, NPO, alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, tele, several IV/IVP meds, and my other patient was an elderly man with an arm fx, fall risk, confusion, condom cath, agitated ordered not to get OOB. Up until now I only ever had one patient at a time and I was able to manage relatively fine. Last semester, I was at a very slow paced nursing home with literally no opportunity to give any IV meds so I'm not 100% comfortable quite yet. I looked at the charts first then we're instructed to wait on report before doing anything. One nurse gave report on time, but the other nurse didn't give report until maybe an hour later. I didn't really plan my day effectively because just when I wanted to get VS on one patient and do an assessment, the other nurse was ready to give report, then I had to abort mission and listen to the report, then go back, then rushed back to get vitals and assessment on other, then the detox pt needed all his meds, then I went back to help out with the other fellow, then everything kinda melted into the next and by the time I finally got around to give my more acute patient a bed bath, it was like 11:30am which my instructor wasn't too thrilled with. (Holy rambling long sentence, Batman!).
What are some tips and tricks and words of wisdom you seasoned nurses have for a student like me for taking on multiple patients and time prioritization? I'm whining about 2 patients and I know some of you people take like 10.......all the power to you.