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Title: What is a Nursing Rotational Schedule and How Does It Affect Nurses

What is a Nursing Rotational Schedule and How
Does It Affect Nurses?
Table of contents
  • What is a Nursing Rotational Schedule and How
    Does It Affect Nurses?
  • How to Deal with a Student Nurse Management
  • Coping with Stress in a Nursing Clinical Rotation

What is a Nursing Rotational Schedule and How
Does It Affect Nurses?
  • In many ways, nursing is a whole different world
    from the one that the rest of the population
    experiences. One of the major ways that it
    differs from everyone elses is the way that
    nurses are scheduled. Nurses are far more likely
    to envy the hours of a regular job than
  • The regular job that most people have is a
    simple, nine-to-five shift Monday to Friday.
    There are people with more difficult shifts that
    might be on evenings and weekends, but their
    schedules are usually set according to certain
    rules. Not only that, but most workers can state
    that they cant work on nights, weekends or
    certain other undesirable times.

  • This is not so for nurses. They can work a
    twelve-hour shift during the night one day and
    another twelve-hour shift during the morning and
    afternoon the next. As a result, life can be very
    hectic for nurses who need to cope with shifting
    work schedules.
  • Here are a few ways to make that shift work a
    little easier
  • Find a way to get sleep whenever you can. This
    might seem like an obvious tip, but its also one
    of the most important. The more worn down a body
    gets from lack of sleep, the harder it is to
    function. The idea of simply doing without sleep
    is a sure way for accidents to happen both on the
    job and at home, or worse, on the way home.

  • Shift work does throw off sleeping patterns, but
    its important to remember that the body still
    needs sleep and to get a good eight hours in
    whenever one can. The consequences of not doing
    so results in sleep deficits which lead to health
    problems and no job is worth that. Find the time
    to sleep!
  • Keep hydrated. Everyone always remembers to grab
    that cup of coffee or espresso, but they rarely
    think about that bottle of water. The body needs
    water more than caffeine or even food. The truth
    is the body is actually designed to work without
    food for short periods of time, but dehydration
    is something that it cant handle for very long.
    So, always have a bottle of water on hand!

  • Keep yourself organized. The biggest issue with
    shift rotation is having to keep it all straight!
    This is a far more difficult job for a nurse than
    most people realize because they usually dont
    have the time to organize everything, but it
    still must be done.
  • This is the point where technology becomes a
    nurses best friend. Getting a daily planner and
    rotation manager app is the best way to ensure
    that shifts arent mixed up or missed. This one
    is a no-brainer as a tired mind is more likely to
    miss a shift or mix one up for another. So, those
    apps take care of the organization and allow
    nurses to concentrate on what they need to do
  • There are many things that a nurse has to do in
    their complex home and work lives, but at least
    these few things ideas help to make things easier
    on them.

How to Deal with a Student Nurse Management
  • Getting a placement student is always a great
    honor for a nurse as it is a show of trust from
    the administration that the mentor-nurseis
    trusted, responsible, and most importantly,
    proficient in their position to warrant such a
    responsibility. This is also a busy and stressful
    time for the student which needs to be taken into
  • Having said that, always realize that being a
    sign-off nurse for a student involves a few
    tricks to ensuring that the student graduates
    past that final hurdle. 
  • Have a pep talk This sounds like something from
    a nineteen eighties sitcom, but it is important
    to do. Having a five minute talk at the beginning
    of a placement is invaluable because it lets the
    student know where the nurse stands and
    vice-versa. This is the opportunity for the
    managing nurse to let their charge know that the
    placement isnt a rubber stamp process.

  • The student nurse needs to know that the nurse
    isnt there to sign-off and let them into the
    workforce without gauging their ability. This
    major step isnt a quick cup of tea and a
    signature. Its an important pass or fail test to
    find out if the student has what it takes to be a
    full time nurse. The only way to do that is with
    real hands-on practical experience and they need
    to know that.
  • Be patient Keep in mind that a student has had
    a lot of study and teaching, but little in the
    way of practical experience in the field. That
    means that theyre going to make mistakes. Count
    on it, but be patient with them. They are there,
    after all, to continue learning. So, be
    informative and helpful whenever they make a
    mistake, because thats the way to ensure that
    they dont make the same mistake again!

  • Be Firm This goes along with being decisive.
    This is an opportunity for student nurses to
    learn, and a mentor-nurse who cant seem to make
    a decision and is a little too easy-going can
    send the wrong message. It can also set a
    student-nurse onto a path of bad habits.
  • Dont be a Door Mat Theres such a thing as
    being too hard on someone but theres also such a
    thing as being too lax. A student nurse is a
    responsibility that requires a firm hand, but a
    mentor can also be a friend. Friends make a shift
    fly by and have a host of advantages. But, there
    is such a thing as being a bad friend. If a
    student nurse decides to take advantage of that
    friendship and walk all over someone, then
    theyre showing bad form from the get-go. In that
    situation, dont be a doormat, let the person
    know what theyre doing is manipulative and

  • Show Them How to be Organized Organization is
    one of the greatest things a mentor can teach a
    student when it comes to nursing. Getting a
    student nurse introduced to all of those good
    habits, and good organizational software is one
    of the first things that should be done to get
    them started on the right foot!

Coping with Stress in a Nursing Clinical Rotation
  • When a nurse starts into a regular nursing
    rotational schedule, the hours and the work can
    cause a lot of stress, which one needs to cope
    with. Its normal to be a little nervous at a new
    job, but rotational shifts combined with patients
    and an unfamiliar nursing staff can be a lot to
    handle. Here are some tips on how to cope with
    stress during a rotational schedule.
  • Stay Calm This sounds like some of the most
    obvious advice that one could expect to hear, but
    its especially good advice for nurses. Things
    can change quickly in the nursing profession and
    its best to keep on top of it by not letting the
    situation get the best of ones self. There are
    many different techniques to staying calm under
    pressure including counting back from ten,
    closing ones eyes and taking a deep breath, but
    whatever is the best solution for each person is
    what should be used.

  • Not only that, but its best to figure out the
    best stress-relief techniques for ones self
    before that first day on the job! Its also
    important to remember that the entire hospital
    doesnt depend on one new staff member. Always
    keep in mind that this is a group effort and that
    everything doesnt rest on one persons
  • Stay Focused There could be a hundred things
    going on in the background, but if a patient
    needs the help of a nurse, then that is their
    sole care, unless a superior changes that. Its
    not easy to keep out someone screaming in pain,
    but its important to keep focused on the task at
    hand. Again, this is an issue of other people on
    the team knowing what theyre doing, so stay
    focused on the task thats been assigned.

  • Manage Your Time There will be days worked and
    others not. There will be shifts at night and
    then during the day. This is pretty normal and
    would be a challenge for anyone. The best
    solution to this is to have a day organizer, or
    better yet, a rotational manager app to simplify
  • Smile This is true for the nurse, the staff
    they work with, and the patients they help.
    Smiling is good for the patients in that it
    reassures them that everything will be fine and
    that theres nothing to worry about. Do it even
    when there is something to worry about!

  • This is true for the staff in that other staff
    members need to be cheered up and it helps the
    general mood to be a little lighter. Think of it
    this way its better than everyone frowning all
    the time or looking worried!
  • Most importantly, smiling is better for the nurse
    in question. There is evidence to say that
    smiling actually improves ones own mood and
    feeling of self-worth. Not only that, but it has
    a number of positive effects, including a better
    immune system and a longer lifeexpectancy.
  • Above all, always remember that each shift is
    just that, its just one period of time that will
    end. With a few positive changes to a persons
    approach, that shift can be a positive experience.
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