Sunday, September 23, 2012
NPs Saves Lives Worst Habit EVER!
I am one of the worse procrastinators EVER. In school, I always waited until a deadline to finish a project because I worked better under pressure. It has also followed me into professional practice. I wait until the pile is almost totally overwhelming before I finally tackle it. This ends up in even more stress than if I had just sat down and "did the deed" in the first place.
I asked myself why I do this and there are two main reasons:
1. I would rather talk to my patients and educate them about their disease processes. They, in turn, enjoy coming to see me since they feel that they are more than a number. While this is a great thing, it's causing me to see more and more patients which is backfiring on me. (Causing me MORE paperwork).
2. I HATE PAPERWORK! It's the boon of my existence. In fact, blogging right now is keeping me from doing some paperwork right now. I swear that I think that it multiplies every time I leave my desk. Don't get me wrong. My nurses are the bomb and keep this process moving right along but I know that they are tired too.
How to fix this problem? I stay at work after hours where it is quiet and no Facebook capability per company policy for about an hour each day. I STILL find myself having to work on the weekends finishing the details. My co-worker seems to be able to get her notes done, but we practice differently. She doesn't talk to her patients as much. I have figured out that my chattiness is never going away so I have to resolve to thee ever growing piles.
What do you do to help speed up your processes? Chime in!
Posted by NPs Save Lives