Nursing assistants and practical nurses can benefit from these suggestions
If you are in training to become a nursing assistant, patient care technician, or practical nurse, you already know that nursing is important work. Patients will rely on you every day to provide the care they need. In most hospitals and nursing homes, nurses and nurses’ aides have busy schedules where they serve many patients throughout their shifts.
During a busy shift, it can be hard to remember some of the basics. But keeping in mind these five overarching principles will help you manage your days better. These principles are adapted from the Lippincott Nursing Center.®
1. Remember ADPIE
The acronym ADPIE helps nurses and other medical professionals to remember the order of steps that need to be taken: Assessment, Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. While nursing professionals cannot make professional diagnoses, they are an important part of the assessment process and provide valuable information about a patient’s condition. Nurses play a large role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation stages too. To best serve your patients, it is important to be systematic in following the ADPIE order of events.
2. Practice teamwork
Nursing happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You cannot do it all alone. You are part of a large team of caregivers. For this reason, it is critical that you communicate clearly so that the next caregiver knows what has been done and what needs to be done. Good documentation is key! It is also important for you to be a team player and lend a hand to others. Try to be cooperative and helpful with your co-workers, and hopefully they will return this attitude to you.
When you have a busy shift, there are often more tasks than are possible to finish. This is when it’s important to prioritize. Break down your task into three categories: (1) must-do tasks that need to be completed within the next half hour, (2) should-do tasks that should be completed within the next four hours, and (3) could-do tasks that could be completed by the end of your shift. This organization system gives you focus and helps to take some of the stress out of a busy day.
4. Manage your stress
If you are prone to getting stressed out, find stress relief techniques that work for you. Deep breathing, mindfulness, stress balls, or taking a quick walk during your break are all ways can help you deal with the demands of a busy day. Don’t let yourself get burned out. Try to incorporate stress-reducing activities into your life so that you can enjoy a more fulfilling and long-term career in the field of healthcare.
5. Keep calm and nurse on
You know all those slogans about keeping calm? If you are a nursing professional, keeping calm is not always easy. But still, it’s important to learn methods for keeping calm, especially during emergencies. Getting rattled or upset will only make you less effective as a nurse. New nurses may have trouble with this, but as time goes on and you gain more experiences, you will learn how to stay calm and focused in critical situations so that you can provide the best nursing care possible when patients need it the most.
Nurses, practical nurses, and nursing assistants all play valuable roles in the healthcare delivery system. We value your hard work, and hope that these five tips help you to stay centered, perform your job well, and enjoy a fulfilling career.
The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health is located in Manchester, NH. Check out our programs and contact us online to get more information about enrolling in a nursing assistant or practical nursing program with us.