I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again.
Small changes lead to MASSIVE success!
If you work on changing one habit at a time, it will snow ball into making a significant impact.
For example, if you use The Nurse Practitioner Charting School’s Smart Phrases, this could save you 2 minutes per patient. Yes, it will take some time to input the smart/dot phrases into your charting system but I have given you a good start on the phrases you need!
After the smart phrases are active, you will reap the benefits of 2 minutes of time saved on each patient. If you are a nurse practitioner seeing 20 patients a day x 2 minutes saved= 40 extra minutes a day! What would you do with 40 extra minutes?
This might mean you can finally STOP charting at home. You can make a healthy meal and eat with your family. You can take your fur babies for a walk. You can actually do the self-care. You can take control of your life. You can overcome the nurse practitioner burnout.
Changing your nurse practitioner charting doesn’t have to be hard. It’s not rocket science. It is learning the small changes and applying to your current nurse practitioner charting process. It is learning the time management tricks. It is creating the mindset shifts that will carry you throughout the rest of your nurse practitioner career.
These small changes lead to MASSIVE success!
Small changes lead to MASSIVE success: 4 tips for nurse practitioners
1. Smaller steps are easier to achieve.
Have you ever had a large project that felt overwhelming? How did you face the project? Were you overwhelmed and not sure where to begin? Try breaking the project into smaller, doable tasks! This works for changing your nurse practitioner charting or any other habit.
For example, if the overall goal is to STOP charting at home, work on a smaller goal- implementing smart phrases. Focusing on implementing nurse practitioner smart phrases is a lot easier than putting all your energy towards the overall goal of completely STOP charting at home. (You will get there- just keep working towards those smaller goals!).
Try setting smaller goals that seem more attainable rather than looking at the overall big picture. These small changes lead to MASSIVE success!
2. More momentum leads to greater motivation.
Because you broke the overall goal into smaller, bite sized pieces, you will be more likely to achieve the task. Instead of procrastinating because the larger goal seems daunting, you are more likely to take action on a smaller goal. Once you get through one of the small goals, you will feel motivated!
Think about a time when you focused on the larger goal instead of breaking into smaller action steps. For example, maybe you wanted to lose 40 pounds. Without achieving the attainable goal of losing one pound per week, you quickly become overwhelmed and unmotivated because losing 40 pounds sounds overwhelming!
The momentum you gain from the small wins will help to keep you motivated and these small changes lead to MASSIVE success.
3. Track your progress.
Being aware of the progress you have made so far will help to keep you motivated and on track with your habit change. There are time logs in The Time Management and Charting Tips Course help you to monitor how you are currently spending your time. You can also use a pen and paper!
Get a baseline of how you are currently spending your time at work. Then implement your small habit change and monitor the effects! Update your time log and see if the habit change pushed you towards the overall goal.
For example: Maybe you want to work on finishing the chart right after the patient encounter. You can keep track on a calendar or log sheet the days you were able to sign the chart notes quickly. See what happened on the days you were able to achieve this. Keep track of any new obstacles that need addressed. Tracking your progress with help you stay focused.
4. Make it fun and celebrate your success.
Changing any habit takes time, energy, and effort. Nurse practitioners can easily become bored, frustrated, or give up on making the change. Find ways to keep the process fun! Invite your nurse practitioner friends or colleagues to join in changing your charting.
Ask your spouse, kids, friends, to keep you focused and encouraged. Give yourself rewards for achieving your small goals. The more fun and celebration you create, the more likely you are to sick with it!
Additional resources to change charting by making small changes lead to MASSIVE success
There are many different ways for making small changes lead to MASSIVE success when it comes to nurse practitioner charting. That is why I created The Time Management and Charting Tips Course. This course teaches nurse practitioners how to chart accurately and efficiently so NPs can run on time, eliminate the overwhelm, leave work on time, and STOP charting at home!
So what do you say?
Are you ready to invest in yourself?
Are you ready to get back to doing the things you love?
Are you ready to spend more time with your family?
Are you ready to learn how the small changes lead to MASSIVE success?
Change your charting with The Time Management and Charting Tips Course!
P.S. Worried about making the financial investment?
The Time Management and Charting Tips Course offers continuing education hours! Most nurse practitioners use their continuing education money to purchase the course!
The Time Management and Charting Tips Course benefits both nurse practitioners and their employer.
1. The employer no longer need to spend their time sending those overwhelming “you have 30 open charts” emails.
2. Nurse practitioners will become so efficient at charting, you can start seeing MORE patients and increase RVUs!
3. Nurse practitioners can overcome burnout and learn to create a better work-life balance as a nurse practitioner!
For time management and charting tips, check out The Nurse Practitioner Charting School– The one stop for all documentation resources created specifically for nurse practitioners. Learn more at www.npchartingschool.com
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