April 28, 2009 | | Comments 0
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Help your nurses assess how they spend their time

The first step to mastering time management is to assess how you spend your time. One way to do this is to use a time management tracking tool.

Thanks to our recently published book, Quick-E! Pro Time Management: A Guide for Nurses, we have a template you can pass along to your staff. Check it out here. During the course of several shifts, ask them to note how they spend their time. Once they have collected the data, have them look for patterns. For example:

  • Are they routinely skipping breaks?
  • Do they spend more time looking for supplies than conducting patient assessments?
  • Are they spending a disproportionate amount of time on one activity versus another?

After they give the tool a try, let us know what discoveries they make.

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Michael Briddon About the Author: Mike is the executive editor of the nursing, accreditation, and patient safety markets at HCPro, Inc. He's a former sportswriter and a passionate Syracuse basketball fan.

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