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Super-switching: How to master the art of multitasking

Juggling duties may hinder productivity, but for nurses it's often the only choice. So how can you train the brain to switch attention?
Super switch

Juggling duties may hinder productivity, but for nurses it's often the only choice. So how can you train the brain to switch attention?

We have all been there – darting from one task to the next as we try to meet our daily targets and fulfil the demands of packed schedules. It has become a way of life for most occupations, including high-demand professions such as nursing.

Yet research has shown that switching between tasks can impair performance, and result in 'task-switching costs', where we perform more slowly and become more prone to errors.

Introducing errors

In his book Brain Rules , author and molecular biologist John Medina says: 'Multitaskers take 50% longer to accomplish a single task and make

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