ADHD Strategies at Work
Probably everyone uses strategies for their work, but it’s more essential if we have ADHD.
I like my new job at the pen. I’ve needed to work out the strategies specific to this job.
I’m writing complicated orders that have to be written perfectly. I also need to make sure each patient’s name and the date are correctly put on the order and on each progress note.
So I check each chart before I close it. Then, if I have time, I check each one again before I turn it in.
I also complete each chart before I see the next patient, so I don’t get behind and feel rushed, and so I don’t need to remember anything about that patient for later.
Some officers are fast in bringing the patients to me, so I have the patients wait while I finish the chart before I dismiss them. Then the new patients don’t arrive before I’m ready. If the officers are slow, I dismiss the patient as soon as I can and finish the paperwork while I’m waiting for the next patient.
Usually, I get thru the day’s list of patients. But lots of things can go wrong at the pen. Some days I ‘m waiting a long time for the next patient to come, and sometimes they never do. My strategy to help me not lose patience, of which I have so very little, is a mantra, “I’m getting paid anyway.” So why get frustrated? It doesn’t help. I use the time to prepare charts in advance, and when all those are done I study up on the medications. And I can just reschedule the patients for next week. Most of them aren’t going anywhere.
In a real pinch, I can go to the pods and talk briefly with the patients in their cells. That’s unsatisfactory, but I can learn that some I didn’t really need to see, and others I do need to schedule for next week.
I try to get thru the whole day’s list each time, but sometimes it’s long and a challenge. I do some triage, although it seems unfair. For example, I’ll spend more time with a young guy who’s in for the first time, has some intelligence, and will be getting out soon.
I’ll spend less time with an older guy who has multiple diagnoses.
Finally, I have another mantra, “I can only do what I can do.”
It’s taken me time to devise these strategies, and surely I’ll come up with others. Many of them are specific applications of strategies I’ve already been using, like “Set reasonable goals.” and “Don’t get into a rush.”, and “Always double check.”
The point of all this? Can you identify any problems that come up in your work? Are you using strategies to cope with them?
ADHD at work– from Royce Flippin
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