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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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