Nurses have to be organized! If you aren’t, you’re going to struggle and be stressed more than usual by the job no matter what field you work in, such as a hospital, clinic, home health or at a desk type job.
Most nurses are over achievers which can usually mean one of two things; they are extremely organized or entirely scattered. Most new nurses have difficulty with organization and time management skills in transitioning from students to the real world.
Time management skills are a must for nurses. I have written extensively on the subject. In my book, The Everything New Nurse Book, I devoted a whole chapter to the subject and it’s a theme that runs throughout the book. For SupportForNurses, I helped write and edit the 3rd edition of Tips and Strategies for Effective Time Management for Nurses which is available for download as an E-booklet. And I recently wrote this article about time management skills for nurses. I hope you’ll find these helpful if this is an area you struggle with.