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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

3. Use Appliances With Timers.

Do you have a cup of coffee every morning? You can save time and have a steaming hot pot of coffee waiting for you if you have a programmable coffee maker. Just get everything ready the night before, set the timer and wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Or if you’re a tea person, set an electric kettle on a timer so the water is freshly boiling when you walk into the kitchen.

If you’re getting ready to leave for an evening shift but you want to be sure dinner is ready for your family, crock pots (slow cookers) are a great help. You can make your dinner earlier in the day and it can cook while you’re busy doing other things. No more last-minute, thrown-together dinners before you rush out the door to work.

4. Simplify Your Routines.

If you’re spending a lot of time washing, drying and styling your hair, maybe you could consider a less time-intensive hairstyle. Do you really need to wash your hair every day? Many hairstylists say that hair doesn’t need to be washed daily.

Skin care and makeup application can involve many products. Perhaps you can consult with a skin expert to see what types of creams or products you can use to combine some of these functions. Not only would you save time, but you could save money too. Finally, if you like wearing makeup, perhaps consider having a “makeup light” routine for work days.

5. Check Your Schedule.

How many times have you been at work when a nurse showed up late because she didn’t realize it was her day/shift to work? Keep a clearly outlined schedule in a place where you will notice it. Be sure to note any shift changes as soon as you can, before you have a chance to forget.

Getting organized may take a bit of work and time to get started, but it’s surprising how seamless it can all become once you’ve set up your routines. You’ll arrive at work less harried and your coworkers will appreciate having you there on time.

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  • Jennifer_yahoo_max50

    jennifer14225

    over 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

    over 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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