Nursing is a career that can be physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. It’s important to find time to recharge and take care of yourself. This article looks at some key ways you can manage your time in nursing practice more effectively.
Take Care Of Yourself
It is difficult for anyone who works and has responsibilities at home to find balance. The only way nurses can combat that is by trying their best to take care of themselves. This will help them work smarter, not harder. Setting boundaries for yourself will help you be less susceptible to burnout, whereas prioritizing your own needs will help you better meet others’ needs.
Establish A Work Routine
Find out when your most productive time of day is and schedule appointments and tasks accordingly. This will allow you to be at your best during important times, like giving care and help relieve some of the stress that can come with constantly juggling multiple duties. Take an inventory of what you have going on in your life (your work, your family, etc.), map out all these obligations with how much time they are taking up each day, and adjust if needed.
Prioritize Daily Tasks
One of the most important components of effective time management is prioritizing daily tasks. The first step in doing so is listing out all possible tasks that must be completed that day. Depending on what time they will take, decide which ones need to be done first and which ones can wait. It is also helpful to include activities that are not urgent but need attention, such as laundry or grocery shopping. This helps ensure these activities don’t get overlooked.
Use Technology To Boost Productivity
Nurses can use voice-activated dictation and remote patient monitoring technologies such as video conferencing to boost productivity. With these technologies, nurses can spend less time performing administrative tasks and more time treating patients. This will lead to shorter wait times for patients and greater capacity for meeting increased demands of staffing shortages which are prevalent in many nursing practices today.
It is important to keep track of what you are doing with your time by using a scheduler like an online calendar or planner. If you know where you are at all times and when tasks need to be completed, it becomes easier for others working with you and for yourself.
Keep Track Of Your Time Expenditure
Nurses need to know how long they’ve been working and how much time they’ve spent on tasks. This can be done by keeping track of your time expenditure. Nurses can use timesheets, timesheets on an app, or some other methods. Using one of these methods will make it easier for nurses to manage their time by making it visible rather than just feeling like it’s slipping away without noticing.
It is challenging not only to be efficient but also accurate. Often, nurses think they can do much more than their allotted time will allow and end up underestimating how long it will take them. Therefore, nurses need to estimate their total workload accurately and set some reasonable limits on how many tasks they can accomplish in an hour.