Life is tough: you’re getting health career training, you’ve got a family, you want a social life. Well, I can’t promise you success in all of those things, but hopefully some of these tips will make the tedious parts of life just a little more bearable.
Cynthia Dusseault on ScrubsMag.com has a few suggestions to help simplify your life and you can be the envy of all your co-workers. Here is the second half of her list.
6) Don’t let your pen out of your sight. – Can I borrow your pen? NO! Just for a second? NO! You may come off cruel and crazy, but you won’t have to search for a pen when you desperately need one and you’ll save precious minutes. (Or you could just carry around a spare, too.)
7) “If your facility isn’t using a ‘bedside handover’ system, suggest it. – Conducting bedside handovers from off-going nurses to on-coming nurses saves time because it enables patient safety assessment and allows nurses to respond early in their shifts to the needs of patients. It also keeps patients and families more involved in the plans of care,” recommends Dusseault.
8 ) Document ASAP – Don’t leave your charting until the last part of the day. You’ll waste time and energy trying to remember what you did. If you can, do it as you go.
9) Learn how to remove yourself politely. – Some patients just love to talk. You’ve been there: you’re thinking about all the things you have to do while a certain patient has to tell you all about their beloved pet, their last experience at the hospital or the ten minute joke they told you yesterday. You don’t want to be rude, but you have more than one patient to care for. Try saying something like this: “I’m so sorry. I have to go and take of another patient, but I’m not far if you need me, and I’ll come back if I have a free moment and we can continue talking.” Or you can run out screaming…. Your choice.
10) Eat right. – Dusseault explains “The best energy combination is a carbohydrate plus a protein because carbohydrates give you energy, and proteins prevent your blood sugar from spiking after eating those carbohydrates, so they get more staying power, which translates into sustained energy. And you know that the minute your energy level starts to drop, so does your productivity.”
I hope these tips help you to make the most out of your work day. Being in a Bay Area nursing school is a lot of hard work, so sometimes it helps to know some of the tricks of the trade.
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