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Tips from TSE: Teaching about time management

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 7, 2008

There never seem to be enough hours in the day for nurses. The ability to manage time and stay organized amid hectic schedules is crucial to staying stress-free and focused in the workplace, which will ultimately result in improved patient outcomes.

Sometimes, the key to helping nurses understand the importance of time management is to ask them questions that can help them recognize how they are spending their time and how they could use it better, says Janell Anderson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, director of education at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

When teaching a time management course at her institution, Anderson asks nurses to create a matrix, in which they rank statements from 1 (strongly agree) to 5 (strongly disagree). Statements can include:

  • I spend much of my time on important activities that demand my immediate attention
  • I feel I waste a lot of my time
  • I feel I'm always putting out fires and working in crisis mode

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the November issue of The Staff EducatorDiscover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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