Hello everyone, my name is Zazzy and I'm an avid reader of Candi's nursing school blog and I'm honored she's chosen to have me host for a day while she's out relaxing in the sun having fun! (I wish you would have taken me in your suitcase CANDI :D)
I have two more semesters of my own to complete before I graduate this May from nursing school, and I also have a fun blog detailing my journey. You can read more at Frazzledrazzlern.blogspot.com
In the meantime while going to nursing school I've been gaining experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and I finally figured out a system that works for me. I was pretty disorganized when I first started and felt overwhelmed with not knowing what to do when and how to "real-time" chart within a timely manner.
My department is a surgical area and we have a few "cheat" or "brain" sheets we follow, so I'm going to just show you the main sheet that I like to use the most.
My cheat sheet is pretty basic in the sense it allows for ambulation information, pt. name, pt's nurse name, whether the pt. has had a bath or bed change, how much IN&OUTS (IN = Water they've consumed and OUT=urine/stool/emesis) the patient's had and of course all the vital information. On top of the right hand corner of my cheat sheet I like to hand write all of the other CNA's numbers of the phones they are carrying along with the RN's numbers too. These numbers are so amazingly important for when I need help in a quick manner, I just pull out my sheet and dial up another aide for help or if the patient needs pain meds I dial up the RN's ext.
My hope is that these sheets help others to get more organized and to document this along my journey to becoming a nurse.
The cheat sheet I follow for the first half of my day shift as a CNA
The cheat sheet I follow for the second half of my day shift as a CNA
Thanks for that very informative post Zazz & thanks for posting here on my little ol' blog.