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10 cures for frazzled nurses: shortcuts for an easier day

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A day simply isn’t long enough to get everything done, right? Or is it?

If you’re stressed out before you even get to work, or if you race through your shift at a frenetic pace and still feel as if you didn’t accomplish everything you were supposed to or wanted to—and subsequently didn’t give as much attention to your patients as you would have liked—then maybe you need to use some shortcuts to make your days more productive and less hectic.

1. Get ready for work ahead of time, no matter how tired or busy you are. Pack your lunch, make sure your uniform or whatever you’ll be wearing is all set to go, get the coffee maker ready (use the timer if it has one) and fill your vehicle with gas. If you’ll be showering before you head out the door, lay out everything that you’ll need in the bathroom. If you make the whole getting-ready-for-work process easier, you’ll be less stressed out when you do arrive, and you’ll be able to focus on your job much quicker.

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Cynthia Dusseault

Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, WeightWatchers.ca and many more. She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.
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3 Responses to 10 cures for frazzled nurses: shortcuts for an easier day

  1. saturn567

    loved it, I just can’t seem to chart right away because i have 18 or more patients to care for at a time

  2. suzdown

    Always try to smile and crack a simple joke and laugh. A frazzled day is infective and makes everyone tense, so a simple smile is all you can do and ask for help if possible. Take time to unwind after work with music and a stretch. Keep in mind, “it’s all in a days work.” Love what you do for others.

  3. ericka

    Wish I had time to do “real time” charting. Being the only nurse on a 12 bed unit leaves no time for it. Sometimes the thought of sitting and charting towards the end of my shift leaves me frazzled. The desk is where everyone can interrupt. Patients , guest , the phone, and other employees have no problem interrupting even when the other shift has come to relieve me.