Nurses are among the busiest individuals you'll ever meet, so learning to manage your time effectively is an absolute must. If you're a nurse who wants to improve your time management skills, try applying these 7 tips.

Set up a calendar now.

Create a calendar to keep track of all of your responsibilities so that you can get into the habit of managing your time. Put in your job shifts, appointments, and anything else that is happening in your life. Take into account the time it takes to go to and from your final location, as well as the time it takes to get there and back. 

Make a list of the most important things first.

You simply can't accomplish everything you want to as a nurse. Setting priorities is an important step in creating your calendar. Identify what has to be done, set aside time for it, and then reassess the rest of your to-do list if necessary. 

Consider the future.

To become a better nurse, you'll be able to predict what duties you'll be performing and what supplies you'll be using. Predicting what has to be done will free up more and more of your time as you gain experience.

Decide on a realistic timeline for the project.

Being able to effectively predict how long a task will take you is an essential component of effective time management. Many people overestimate the amount of time it will take to complete a task, which results in a great deal of anxiety when they fall short of their own expectations. 

Develop the ability to say no.

Make it a habit to say no to requests that will just add to your already overflowing plate. When it comes to your career, this may be difficult, but you may apply it in other areas, such as family and social responsibilities.

It's time to learn to delegate

If a task is critical but not necessary, consider delegating it to another person. It's possible to delegate some of your professional responsibilities early in your career, but there may also be changes in other aspects of your personal life. 

Reevaluate yourself frequently.

From month to month to even week to week, the demands on your time will change significantly. Keep an eye on your calendar to make sure it appropriately reflects all of your numerous responsibilities. 

Take a break every now and again.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to relax and recoup before you begin your journey. You don't want to have to take a lot of time off because you overworked yourself into an illness.


Taking back control of your schedule is a necessary step if you feel that your schedule is dictating your life rather than vice versa. Follow these steps if you want to become a better nurse and save time.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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