The ability to set and achieve goals is important for any team and it’s leader. • A goal is a desired result or purpose toward which one is working. “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there.”
Everyone should have a short-term and long-term goal. • Long-term goals can take years or a lifetime to achieve. • Short-term goals usually take days, weeks or months.
The short-term goals are the smaller steps that lead to long-term goals. • Example-long term goal might be to graduate from college with a health care degree. What are some short-term goals that might lead to graduating from college with a health care degree?
Short term goals will change constantly as one is completed and a new one is created.
How to set goals effectively • State goals in a positive manner: use words like “accomplish” rather than “avoid” • Define goals clearly and precisely: it may be good to set a time limit to accomplish the goal • Prioritize multiple goals: determine which goals are the most important and complete them first
4. Write goals down: this makes the goal seem real and attainable. 5. Make sure each goal is at the right level: goals should present a challenge, but not be too difficult or impossible to complete.
How do you feel when you accomplish a goal? How do you feel when you don’t achieve your goal?
What do you do when you don’t meet your goal? When you don’t meet your goal: • evaluate the situation and determine why you failed. Identify what prevented you from reaching your goal. • Was the goal realistic? • Do you need more skills or knowledge to obtain the goal?
Is there another way to achieve the goal? • Don’t beat yourself up, learn from your failures and make a new plan. • Time management is important in achieving your goals-use a calendar or daily planner to keep up with accomplishments.
Goal Setting in Health care • Example: Becoming a Magnet Hospital http://www.nursecredentialing.org/MagnetJourney.aspx • Preventing patient injury due to falls
Time Management • Time management is used to ensure success in meeting established goals • Using a daily planner or calendar helps write things down, stay organized, and become aware of conflicts
Effective Time Management Skills • Analyze and prioritize: determine what tasks must be completed to achieve goals. List tasks in order of most to least important • Schedule tasks • Make a daily “to do” list • Plan your work • Avoid distractions • Take credit for a job well done
Nursing: 0645-Report to unit, clock in and begin taking report on patient assignment 0715-check on all patients, order breakfast for patients, get patients out of bed 0800-begin checking vital signs and gathering medications 0900-morning medications due to all patient 0945-Breakfast break or begin charting 1000-end of breakfast break, continue charting 1100-make rounds on all patients; begin gathering all noon medications, order lunch, check blood sugars 1200-administer all medications 1300-Antibiotic medications due 1330-lunch break and/or begin charting 1400-return from lunch break, charting 1500-Make rounds on all patients, check urine output, IV bags, I’s & O’s 1600-Begin gathering 1700 medications 1700-Administer 1700 medications 1800-Close all charts, check to make sure all blood is drawn, baths are given, dressings are changed 1845-begin giving report to the oncoming shift 1930-Clock out and go home!! Time Management in Healthcare