It is easy as a nurse to get caught up in the chaos that can happen each and everyday. A nurse’s job is very stressful, and there is never enough time during a shift and enough days to recover from the previous workday. Besides the demands of dealing with patients, there are added issues of understaffing, working more hours, and taking on more than expected. This can cause common burnout symptoms in nurses.
If you are looking to make your life a little easier in the hospital, here are five time management tips to help busy nurses out!
A to-do list may seem like a pretty obvious solution to a crazy day with a hundred things going on. However, this old kind of method can actually help you stay organized. There are three reasons to use to-do lists: they depress anxiety about the chaos of life; they give us a sense of structure if there isn’t any structure; and they give us a plan to stick to.
A to-do list can help you prioritize your day and make sure you get all the tasks done for that day. You may write more items than need be, but not everything on the list needs to be done on that exact day. The Zeigarnik effect explains that we remember things we need to do better than the things we have already done. When you write or type everything down, you can spot the things that are taking more time than they should be! Plus, who doesn’t love checking items off your to-do list.
While walking is a great for exercise and your health, too much walking can just waste time. A nurse typically walks about three miles during a 12-hour shift. That is a lot of walking! You can eliminate extra steps by noting any issues that arise in patients rooms at the beginning of your shift. For example, if one patient needs several IV bags during the day make a note to bring them and store them in the room.
This is where FlowCARE can really help a nurse out! FlowCARE is a nurse server that is inside each patient’s room. It can be accessed from the hallway and inside the room. It can hold the several IV bags needed, medications, medical supplies, linens and more. This will eliminate the need to walk back and forth from the storage room!
This may seem like something old-fashioned, but it can help a nurse immensely! You just need a low-tech notebook that can fit in the pockets of your scrubs. This is because a failure in charting can lead to a number of issues! It is recommended that you chart as you go through the motions, but some days, it just isn’t possible. This is where the notebook comes into play. It will be easier to grab it real quick, jot something down, and keep going.
It is human nature to put off doing things we dislike. However, at the end of the day, you will still have to do it and you’ll have less energy as well. The best thing to do is come in a little earlier and do it at the beginning of your shift. This way, you will have the energy and can just get it over with!
It can seem like you have to do everything on your own, but you don’t! It is possible that something that would normally take you 30 minutes could only take 10 minutes with the help of another nurse. Additionally, you can ask the LPNs and CNAs for more help! Nursing is not a job that is a one-man show; it is a team effort.
There are a number of different ways a nurse can manage their time during the day! Not only will you benefit from saving some time, but it will help your patients as well. Nurses can do this to help themselves, but the hospital can also help their nurses. Check out our blog on, “How to Help Your Hospital's Nurses Spend More Time With Patients.”
Moduflex, LLC, was designed with Director of Nurses and nurses in mind. We know this job is physically and mentally demanding; this is why we made our nurse server. For more information, contact us today!
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