As a nurse in the 21st century, you have enormous amounts of information to manage in your life. And when it comes to your career, there’s definitely a great deal to keep track of. How do you stay current and sane?
A jungle of data
If you’re a fan of evidence-based nursing practice, the newest developments in healthcare technology or any other subject, the reality is that you just can’t know it all. In fact, you can’t even keep up with the new information that’s coming to light each day. That reality can be hard to swallow, but it’s a jungle of data out there, and you have to pick and choose.
You can try to read everything possible on a plethora of platforms, but it’s clear that plenty is simply going to pass you by. Here are a few tips for keeping up on the latest news or information:
• Subscribe to one or two trusted e-newsletters that deliver the most salient news
• Use Feed.ly or another aggregation service to home in on information that best serves your needs
• Subscribe to one or two favorite professional journals
• Join a journal club at your workplace where professional peers read and report on cogent journal articles or new research
Another way to make the best use of information is using apps and software that assist you in categorizing, saving and collating information for future consumption or reference.
Evernote is a fantastic app wherein you create notebooks related to your chosen subjects to stay organized. When you find an article, post or other item of interest on the Internet, you use Evernote’s app to clip that article into the appropriate notebook.
You also can tag items so they’ll be easier to find later. Interested in cardiac nursing, telemetry and issues related to death and dying? Create separate notebooks for each subject, and save your articles and other information for later. Evernote has an app for your laptop or tablet, as well as for IOS and Android devices.
For managing your to-do list, Azendoo and Asana are two choices from a wide variety of platforms that help organize tasks and other aspects of your life. They also allow teams of individuals (or even families) to share a virtual central location where tasks, notes and projects can be managed.
Stay connected with what’s important
Even as you use more apps, platforms and other strategies and tools for getting organized and managing data, make sure you stay connected with what’s most important to you.
Relationships, communication and the give and take of human life are touchstones of existence, even as we continue to feel overwhelmed by data and tasks.
Stay connected with your deepest values and nurture your relationships, even as you continue to tackle the deluge of data that washes over you each day.