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5 Time Management Tricks for Busy Nurses

5 Time Management Tricks for Busy Nurses

Marijke Durning | Scrubs Magazine

April 15, 2010

Learning how to get to work on time isn’t like searching for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It really is possible to arrange your life so you aren’t always rushing to be on time — something that’s particularly important in nursing because of the team aspect of the job.

So, whether your shift begins early in the morning, mid-afternoon or late at night, here are five tips that may help you gather yourself — and your things — before report starts.

1. Give Yourself the Gift of Time

No matter which shift you work, you have to get yourself out of bed and on your way with time to spare.

Be realistic and calculate how long it takes to get up, showered, dressed, fed and out the door, with enough time for a safe commute. If you have children, their needs have to be factored in, too. Now, take that time and add a good 15 minutes or so. Set your alarm to give yourself this calculated time. The extra 15 minutes will give you a head start and provide a cushion for something that could go wrong, such as a lost homework assignment, the dog upsetting his water bowl or burnt toast.

By the way, the snooze button is not your friend. Break up with it if you’ve become too attached. The snooze button is a great time sucker.

2. Reduce the Amount of Pre-Work Tasks.

Take a good look at your routine. Is there something you can move from that hectic time?

- Lay out your work clothes before you go to bed.


– Get breakfast items ready the day before so you can just grab what you need.
– Prepare work lunches the day before.
– Be sure that shampoo, conditioner and other products are replaced as soon as they’re empty so you’re not left searching for a new bottle when you need it most.
– Never let your gas tank get down to empty. Fill it on your way home from work so you don’t have to worry about it on the way to work.
– Be sure you have enough bus tickets or that you’ve updated your monthly transit payments so you’re not caught off guard.

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  • Jennifer_yahoo_max50

    jennifer14225

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    WHEATGRASS JUICE----see U TUBE on how to grow and where to get. This is done by buying HARD Wheat Berries and organic soil sprinkled with kelp. Cut at about 7 inches and put through a wheat grass juicer such as Omega Juicer. Some healthclubs such as Gold's Gym have this. Feel-Rite Store Sells the wheatgrass and some local CO_OPS have the hard wheat berries. (Soft berries will not work for wheat grass). Wheat Grass has tons of chylorphl, increases your immune system, promotes healing, gives tons of energy (drink during the day not night or you won't sleep). It is a natural pick me up. Look up WHEATGRASS in Internet for entire properties. It is great for you....and will give Nurses the energy they need to rejuvenate. Cleanses your blood too.

  • Jennifer_yahoo_max50

    jennifer14225

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    Start your day out with a GREEN SMOOTHIE. It gives tons of ENERGY, increases your immune system, tastes great and is SIMPLE to make in your blender. There are tons of recipes, made with fresh fruit and GREENS such as SPINACH which you cannot taste if not cooked but gives tons of energy and chylorphl (green). Use things like honey, dates, apples to sweeten. One recipe: Strawberries, banana's, honey, cinnomen, ice and spinach at end. BLEND and DRINK COLD. ++++Eat lots of SALADS with leafy greens and fruit for energy. STAY AWAY from DEAD Foods such as FAST FOODS and ALOT of MEAT that is filled with hormones and pesticides.(See UTUBE Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds Hamburgers). Bring fresh farmers market fruit to work and in your car for quick snack. Walk with other Nurse at lunch to get rid of stress. Have short meetings to work through kinks at work. Drink lots of water and juices. QUIT SMOKING that takes away your oxygen levels and your energy. RN from Buffalo, NY

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    ronhoward

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    Yups the tips are effective as per talking to the concern with nursing stuffs. Anyway's I wil be trying to get to apply this kinds of tips in all kind of jobs.

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    lralkhatib

    over 4 years ago

    2094 comments

    with team work you can save time.

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