5 Tips to Help Busy Nurses Get Organized

Cynira Clay - 01/03/18

As we come into a new year, it’s more than likely that you have made a New Year’s resolution or two. You want to spend less money, lose weight, get promoted, buy a new house...pretty much anything and everything that you can do to put yourself onto a path to a happier and healthier life, but how can you focus in on those goals as a working nurse?

Here are 5 tips to help you get organized this year:

1. Look back and Reflect - First, take some time to think about everything that you have accomplished this year. Next, think about everything that was difficult for you to overcome this year. As you think about the path that you want to head in for the new year, try to focus on the things that made your life happier and easier this year and figure out how you can let go of any negative influences. Focus on things that will advance your career and highlight your experience and skillset at work.

2. Make a Schedule and Stick to It - I know that this is easier said than done but whenever possible try to make yourself a schedule and stick to it. By making yourself a consistent schedule, you can prioritize tasks as most important to least important which will leave you with a clear mind as to what should get completed first and keep you calm when an emergency situation arises. 

3. Know Your Licensing Requirements and Plan to Fulfill them Early - At the end of every year, we hear from nurses who are scrambling to complete their mandatory continuing education courses needed to keep their license. Avoid this last minute dash by checking your state requirements on NursingCE.com now. You can complete all of the courses listed on their site for $39 and receive your certicates in just minutes! 

4. Organize Your Space - If you have a desk or a designated work area, clean it every day at the start or at the end of each shift. This will not only help you to find important documents faster and rid yourself of messy distractions but it will also help you to eliminate most of those office germs that tend to linger around (you don't need another reason to catch the flu). 

5. Make Time for Yourself - You have to make time for yourself so that you can maintain your health and happiness. Trust me, nobody wants to have a miserable nurse by their bedside.

What other tips do you have that will help other nurses get organized this year?