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How to avoid the mind fog of the nurse’s endless to-do list

Tips for coping when you are feeling overwhelmed
Mind fog

Tips for coping when you are feeling overwhelmed

In April, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ruled that a nurse in charge of an emergency department had ‘too many physical tasks’. CQC inspectors said the volume of tasks distracted the nurse from being able to perform their role, which was to manage patient flow.

It will come as no surprise that nurses have too much to do. But after hearing this ruling, what struck me most was the sheer enormity of things nurses are expected to keep track of while also making decisions and prioritising and managing workload effectively.

This ‘knot of thoughts’ will be common to


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