Brain, I know it's early, but you gotta wake up!
January 22, 2013 3:48 PM Subscribe
I'm a nurse who has trouble at the start of my shifts because my brain doesn't get up and running until I've been there for at least an hour -- but the work really requires me to be at 100% from the first minute. There are plenty of questions about how to wake up your body in the morning. How do I wake up my brain?
posted by shiny blue object to Health & Fitness (27 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
In the first hour of my shift, I need to get report on my patients, make sure the aides know what each patient needs, go over everyone's plan for the day, start giving medications, address any urgent needs that have suddenly come up, address any ongoing needs that the night shift didn't handle, be ready to grab the doctors when they round with any questions or needs concerning their patients, and cope with any requests for information from family members and other medical staff. All this in a work environment that, most days, resembles a three-ring circus.
For that first hour, and sometimes for longer, I'm in a bit of a fog and have a lot of trouble getting on track. There's a lot going on and I usually feel like I'm being hit with a firehose. This is all normal nursing stuff, and I've been surviving this for a year and a half, but I need better coping tools to get my day, and my patients' days, off to a good start.
- I get up at 5:10, leave the house at 6:00, get to the hospital at 6:40, and eat breakfast there before my shift starts at 7:00. (My stomach doesn't allow me to eat any earlier.) I have two coffees/teas/sodas before work -- one at home, one in the car.
- We are not allowed to clock in earlier than 7 minutes before start of shift. We are not allowed to work off the clock, which would include looking at patient charts or getting verbal report from the offgoing nurse.
- We are not allowed to have food or drink anywhere on our unit except the break room.
- I usually don't get a morning break; when I do, it's not till at least 9:30.
Do you have any strategies for getting a running start in a situation like this?