September 12, 2019

How Nurses Can Cope With A Heavy Caseload

Low nurse-to-patient ratios during shifts are not uncommon. However, it is important that you remain calm and continue to perform your job effectively for patient safety.

These are some tips to help cope with a heavy caseload:

  • Even if you feel rushed, try not to seem that way to your patients. Smile, look at them in the eye, listen to their needs, and prioritize your patients based on their needs. Don't spend too much time idling in personal conversations. Let your patients know you'll return soon if you have to tend to another patient right away.
  • If you need to lift a patient and cannot do so by yourself, seek another nurse to help you. Do not attempt to try lifting someone only by yourself because you're feeling stressed out and want to get the task done promptly.
  • Learn how to manage your time wisely. Don't be afraid to ask for help and delegate any tasks that nursing assistants and other healthcare personnel can help with. Learn how to document records as you go through your shift efficiently so you can stay on track with time and tasks. If you have some spare time, ask your coworkers if they need any assistance.
  • Recognize your coworkers! If you notice your team members going above and beyond their call of duty and there is a recognition board in your unit or award nominations, take the initiative in your spare time to nominate them and let your manager know what a great job everyone is doing.
  • Take a deep breath. Know that at the end of your shift you remained professional, efficient, a great team member, and you tended to several patients today. Kudos to you!

Feel free to reach out to your most current assigned PassportUSA representative if you have any questions.Be sure to check out more great articles in the�Employee Education Center�to help you succeed in your new life in the USA!If you are not contracted with us and are interested in joining PassportUSA, apply with us today! We will send you relevant information to start your #AmericanDream.

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