Staying Organized as a Registered Nurse 

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In today’s world, who doesn’t need some help here and there with staying organized. Everyone is so busy, and they have a million things going on at any given moment, but that is especially true for a registered nurse. There s so much to remember when it comes to your facility, your patients, your specific duties from day to day, and a slew of other things that come up throughout your shift. We are here to help you stay organized, which leads to less stress and more happiness.  

Get there Early 

Have you ever heard that if you’re on time you’re late and if you’re early you’re on time? Well, that is the code to live by when it comes to being a nurse, but even more so. On my first shift as a new nurse, I arrived at 5:50 when my shift started at 6:00 thinking that would be plenty. Boy was I wrong! Now, I usually arrive 30 minutes before the start of my shift. You never know what kind of craziness is going to be happening when you arrive at your facility, and it is good to get a good sense of what all your patients will be needing from you that day as well.  

Learn Prioritization 

This is essential in learning how to become more organized in your profession. As nurses, we have so many tasks that we are required to do daily and figuring out which order to do them in can make all the difference. A tip I have is to write down all the objectives and tasks you must do throughout the day and put them in order as time sensitive. Another tip is to always be flexible when it comes to your prioritizing. Again, being a nurse can become a hectic role at any given moment, so be sure to account for things coming up along the way.  

Stock Up 

You should always be prepared for anything as a nurse. For this, you will need to be sure you have the right equipment ready to go. A few important things you can stash in your pockets could be saline flushes, medical tape, gauze, alcohol wipes, and anything else that might come up during your shift. Just be sure whatever your role is acquiring, you are prepared and ready for anything if something was to come up. 

Know your Schedule 

This might be a no brainer for some but knowing when you’re supposed to be working and planning for that specific time can really help you stay organized as a nurse. Nothing is worse than thinking you have the day off and being called by your manager saying you were supposed to be there 30 minutes ago. You then must rush to get ready, cancel any plans you had, and try to compose yourself for the shift ahead. Starting your shift this way will not help in staying organized and it usually leaves you feeling stressed and unprepared for the rest of your day. Always know the shifts you’re working to avoid this at all costs.  

Work with a Staffing Agency 

If you work with a staffing agency, you will have a team of people to help you with things like your schedule, your timing, and staying up to date on all your licenses or certificate. MSG Staffing can be a great resource for you when working on becoming more organized as a nurse. All you need to do is call us to get started.  

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