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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What I've Learned In Nursing: "Time Keeper"

photo of my current favorite watch made by Swiss.


This marks my first posting for my new blog reel [in addition to Abbot and East Moltke and ADLs] entitled "What I've Learned in Nursing"--for short: WILIN.

This new series is to take bits and pieces from what I've learned as a nursing student at University of San Francisco and apply it to the rest of the real world. It is my attempt now to "combine" photography and nursing as many people have suggested who know I am conflicted with nursing and photography as a job/career.

This first post is entitled:

Time Keeper


At 2000 (8:00pm) I'll need to give a drug. Every hour I'll need to check another patient's PCA [patient controlled analgesia] machine. By 2200 (10:00pm) I'll need to call the doctor to report my vital signs for a patient. And oh, I've still got until 0700 (7:00am) until I'm out of here.

First off, get a watch. I don't care if you use your phone as your main time keeper. You still need to reach into your pocket or your hip to look at time when simply a flick of your wrist you'll have the time. I don't care if you invest in a timeless piece (pun intended) or a cheap plastic watch. Look cool with one or not. Two, look at it more often.

You ever been late to a meeting? You ever forgot about that lunch you were suppose to have with a friend? Or how about, do you not know what time it is right now? I can say it would be simple to just have a watch and it will solve everything but at least that's one part to the equation.

You still need to be organized, efficient, and oh, be able to manage time effectively in the real world.

For nursing, time is always against you (some may argue with you). You have to do this, do that, more of that, maybe that if I could, all within a time frame--either an 8 hour shift or a 12 hour shift. You receive report from the previous shift's nurse, decide then what's needed to do, attend to the patient's medications and tasks, and finally report all what you did for the next shift's nurse. You can either be rushing to get this all done (worst part since you don't got a break) or relaxing too much (worst part since you could be doing something for the patient).

What I've learned since Fall 2005 [when I begun nursing] is to be organized and efficient with my time. But that's such a plain and simple concept that we've all learned from the beginning right? Well, fast forward today, it's not just how you are organized and efficient but also how you are able to prioritize things.

Who will you see first? A patient with an oxygen saturation of 92% or a febrile patient with a temperature of 38.2 degrees Celsius?

What will you do first in the morning? Afternoon? Your next meeting? Your anniversary? Etc. What you choose to do/accomplish first is important. To set priority correctly is to begin everything correctly.

And the obvious by the way? Keep time of birthdays, anniversaries, and any other special occasions. Always. Never forget to greet anyone close to you. No excuse from here on. And oh, no more email/electronic wishes. Call them. You have a cell phone with enough minutes to spare them a 5 minute phone call.

How to be a "Time Keeper"

To be a "Time Keeper" is knowing where you are in the day, what you've accomplished, what you still need to accomplish, and begin to think what you need to do for tomorrow, Sunday, and next week.

To be a "Time Keeper" is to effectively use a calendar--a planner, your phone, etc--to keep track of assignments, birthdays, events, etc.

With the accessibility of today's technology (cell phones, Google Calendar, Outlook, iCal, etc) there's no excuse as to why you aren't using a calendar. I personally use a Moleskine Day Planner and Google Calendar.

The importance of being a "Time Keeper" is keeping check in your progress of what you've accomplished and what you didn't. I started keeping a Moleskine Day Planner since last year and I can tell you exactly what I did November 03, 2008 (which I just looked up: went to Starbucks with my cousin and later saw our friend Dar to discuss a photoshoot for Kidheroes.net product line while missing my shipment of my Alien Bees lights).

To be a "Time Keeper" is to remember what you've done, what you're doing, and what you're going to be doing.

And oh, to know what time it is with that watch of yours..

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WILIN "What I've Learned in Nursing" is a new blog reel that takes bits and pieces from what I've learned as a nursing student at University of San Francisco (c/o Fall 2009) and apply it to the rest of the real world. It is my attempt now to "combine" photography and nursing as many people have suggested who know I am conflicted with nursing and photography as a job/career.

2 comments:

Mike said...

Self-awareness with regards to scheduling and progress is key for anyone's life. Well done!

JJ Casas (jcasasphotography.com) said...

Thanks Mike! Ay... remember Binkowski? lol Hope all is well man.