I would like to introduce you to my DIY
An alphabetized place to put all of your
thoughts and frequently accessed information
that you can carry with you on the outside,
so it's not cluttering up your brain.
And you can literally use it for all aspects
of life, not just nursing.
So why do you need this?
Because one day you will be sitting in a
room, you'll be staring at IV tubing, right?
Thinking, "Wait, how...
How long is this actually good for again?"
And so you will go, and you will ask someone
and they'll be, like, "72 hours" and you
will immediately forget that, right?
Because your brain is trying to keep track
of, like, eight million other numbers.
But with something like a reference binder
here, you can literally just
put this information in here and have it
readily available whenever you need it.
With this reference binder, you can quickly
jot down that information of "Change IV
tubing. That's, like, with typical drips for
every 72 hours." You can put it down as soon
as you learn it so that you can quickly
access it again, until you've accessed it so
many times that it goes and finds a spot in
your long term memory.
So you'd look it up, you'd find out it's
this many hours, whatever your hospital
policy is, and then under the "I" tab for IV
tubing or whatever you want to categorize it
as, put "IV tubing changed every 72 hours
for routine fluids".
And you can use this for medications,
procedures, common treatments to
expect based on the diagnosis that your
patient has, what the med room
door code is...
This lovely little friend reduces the number
of times that you have to
So that the next time that you need to know
something, you can look it up on your own and
not have to spend time going back to look at
it again or to ask someone.
And this is so, so helpful for starting to
boost your own confidence
because when you feel like you can do
something on your own somewhat
Absolutely, like, if you still have questions
or you just want to verify and double-check
the information is right, you should do
But being able to start doing things by
yourself is a huge step
in feeling, like, you actually can do this.
Because, remember, you can do this, you can
do the hard things.
You're doing great.
In terms of actually acquiring an A to Z
notebook, you can make your own
like I did. I just bought a random notebook
at Target and then bought tabs
and then wrote the alphabet on them and like
slapped it together.
Or you could actually buy an alphabetized
notebook or do it
digitally with something like Goodnotes or
any of those app taking things, whatever
works the best for you.
This, I promise you, completely changed my
practice as a nurse and an NP and
I hope it does the exact same for you.