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10 Worst Time Wasters at Work

Tania Khadder | NursingLink

Culprit #7: Disorganized Workspace

Your primary workspace might be the top of your desk, the nurse’s station, or most likely, a combination of the two. Either way, if it’s messy, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time looking for things.

The solution: A scattered workspace makes for a scattered mind. De-clutter, and you’ll manage your work more efficiently. Before you leave the office, clear your desk of cans, cups, food and paperwork. Use that file cabinet for something other than your box of saltines. Recycle paperwork you’re never going to use. And don’t add unnecessary items to your files – if you don’t need to print something out, don’t. Your company’s shared drive is perfectly capable of storing documents tidily.



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    sgriessmann

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    This was obviously an attempt to re-work an article for non-healthcare office work for a healthcare setting. Unfortunately, as others have stated, it simply doesn't work. The author obviously does not have a grasp on healthcare workflow and time constraints. I used to work in a non-healthcare office setting. Great article for that setting. Worthless rambling for the bedside nurse.

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    lindainman

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    What is the editor smoking? Lately I've worked in a Cardiology office and an ED. Bathroom breaks were hard to get let alone a full 30min lunch break. I found it impossible to keep up with hospital emails. Pt care comes first.

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    major_pain

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    What dream world is the editor living in? Time? For what? lol... Get rid of the cell phone at work, "IT DEPARTMENT" can make it impossible to surf the web. Meetings? Sounds like a place I would like to work. Understaffed, underpaid and under the radar. Maybe the article was directed at management sector and not the working feet on the floor. Reality please, lol...

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    marina_dilbone1

    over 3 years ago

    26 comments

    Most of the time I agree-we don't have time -not on days or nights to get on and instant message-but once in a while have seen especially among younger crowd-and some olderies like me where on night when patients are actually settled-time is spent in blocks looking at concerts,movies,shopping-have seen it and no I am sure not perfect myself

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    NancyMueh

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with everyone below me. I don't get time for a break let alone read emails or instant messages. I work and run so much that I wouldn't even feel my phone buzz in my pocket. The only I use the computer for is ordering meds and looking at VS. I'd like to work where I had any time to have any of these time wasting issues.

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    kimmyrn

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    None of these times wasters are appropriate for this bedside RN, being continuously "poked" re: OT because of charting after next shift arrives to care for the patients. When I sit @ the computer to chart during shift, I am usually interupted by call light, pt. family, co-worker requiring assistance, phone calls on the portable phone, etc. This is what I deal with every shift of work. Not meetings, never personal emails, not IM, not cig break.

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    jfpatter

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    This is a wonderful article! I have worked at the bedside and away from it. The stress, burnout and turnover in the nursing profession can be generated by the work practices and attitudes of individual staff. Thank you.

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    deegrimmett

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Who are these people. I run my entire shift, eat on the go, and rarely get a potty break. I haven't had a real, not working, lunch break in 20 years. Bedside care is WORK. and shifts are demanding. This article was a complete waste of my time.

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    woosy1313

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    The article is useless to the majority of nurses who provide bedside patient care. A total waste of my time.

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    saturley2000

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Not a good article for anyone who see patients. Reading it, wasted some of my day off.

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    vicmcd

    over 3 years ago

    8 comments

    This is completely a waste of time. What nurse... actual patient care person, has time for any of this? This article however does point to a growing problem in nursing, everybody wants to be a manager or office person, WHO is going to take care of the patients? NO ONE, that's who. Unless you think about the over worked, under paid LPN's who do actual assessments, away from the desk. But they are not "actually" nurses are they?

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    NurseT2009

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    Yeah this is NOT for bedside nursing!!! None of this applies.

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    mrsclaus1

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    This article does not related to bedside nursing at all!

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    Lilywhiteazz

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I do not agree with this list AT ALL unless you are management. NO ONE has time to be doing all the online stuff this warns against. Who has time to check email that often? if it is work email, i check it at the beginning of my shift and later that day MAYBE. Urgent email? Hardly. If it is urgent someone will be giving you a call.

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