Whenever you're on a break, put some moisturiser on your hands. It’s the only way to prevent skin breakdown from all the hand washing and sanitiser. If they're really bad, pop some moisturiser into a pair of cotton gloves and sleep in them.
Documentation, documentation, documentation. Keep it clear, concise and to the point. This ensures we keep ourselves and our patients safe. Remember, if it is not documented, it didn't happen!
Wear a comfy pair of shoes: however awful you think they look you will not regret it.
If patients, carers, relatives or staff members ask for your time but you're busy doing something, give them an exact time frame, such as "I'll be with you in 20 minutes, but if I don't return in that time, please ring the bell/phone/bleep me." People are much happier to wait if they know how long they will be waiting.
Drink lots of water during your shift to keep hydrated, and try to get plenty of sleep to feel refreshed the next day.
Make sure you take active, practical steps to welcome and support new staff.
Every day, take time to be mindful. Be present in the moment and be aware of any worries and anxieties.
Get everything you need ready beforehand.
Always carry a notepad. Ideas strike and handy contacts appear at the most unexpected moments.
Page last updated - 03/08/2019