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What Is Nursing Time Management?
And Why is it So Important?

What is the importance of time management to the nursing practice? How does time management contribute to nursing productivity? To understand what nursing time management is, lets look at what nursing and time management actually are.

Common dictionary definitions, for example, define nursing as "a person trained to care for the sick" (The New Lexicon Webster's Dictionary of the English Language).

Time management, on the other hand, describes how a person uses their time covering day-to-day operations to long term goals. A simple way to define time management is 'a management of oneself'.

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Since nursing is such a demanding career, managing ones time and deciding upon priorities are vital. Nurses not only have lots of things to do, but are also forced to make quick and wise decisions.

There are constant demands of time and attention, and it can be very difficult to know what to prioritize. Nurses are frequently faced with situations that present challenges, and sometimes not properly handled may even escalate.

It is also important to note that in total client care, there is a rapid alteration of priorities, which the nurse need to continually re-assess situations and respond accordingly including dealing with difficulties which arises. This is why time management is a very critical part of a nursing career.

Time Management Tips for Nurses: L-E-A-P-S

List all the activities needed to be done. Do it the night before.

Estimate time needed to carry out each activity.

Allow time for errors, unexpected and urgent tasks

Prioritize activities by using the ABC's daily to-do list. A as the most important, B the important but not so urgent one, and C for tasks that doesn't require immediate attention. You can use the time management matrix, developed by Stephen Covey.

Study the activities of the day. At the end of the day, review where your day has taken you. Notice when the busiest parts of your shift often arise and adjust your schedule accordingly.

Remember to stay focus and accomplish those things in manner that are truly important. you may experience some road bumps in the process but what you need is a commitment and self-discipline to do it. You will be efficient and effective nurse while you, your clients, your co-workers, your family deserve a highly organized you!

You may find some more ideas of time management tips to help you better manage your time.

I am not a nurse, and have never been a nurse. This article was written with the help of a friend who spent many years nursing.

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