Time management tips for busy nurses

During these busy days, time management is a challenge for many people. If you have a career where your schedule is frequently changing, the challenge becomes even more pronounced. Maybe you even flip-flop your nights and days sometimes or juggle teaching or taking classes on top of your already busy schedule. The point is, time management skills are essential to keep us rested, healthy, and productive!

Here are some top tips to help you manage your time effectively. time management tips for nurses
  • Write it down. Use a calendar – paper or electronic – to keep track of all your appointments and responsibilities in one place.
  • Stay focused. When at work, focus on work. When at home, focus on home.
  • Break it down. Divide large tasks into smaller items that are more manageable.
  • Declutter. Clear your work area. Whether it’s a desk, medication cart, or bedside table, don’t let excess clutter take your attention away from what you are doing.
  • Delegate. Proper delegation and teamwork are time management wins for you and your colleagues.
  • Set aside time to answer messages. Answer phone calls, texts, and emails at convenient times, rather than allowing those rings and beeps to distract from your current task.
 What other time management tips would you add to this list?

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Posted: 2/29/2016 8:44:39 AM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 2 comments

Littmann Nurse
Some of the best nurses I have ever met are simply masters of resource management. They seem to be able to accomplish large volumes of work in the same time their colleagues struggle to finish a few simple tasks. What I have noted is that of this group, those who delegate and compartmentalize tasks throughout the workday are very successful and often appear much less stressed than those around them. Ultimately as a nurse you have to just find what works for you. Not everyone needs to write every task down in the course of work, some can juggle in their head. Others would be lost without their "brain sheet".
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