2017 is in the rearview mirror and 2018 stretches out ahead of us, full of promise and possibility. And those wanting to take advantage of those possibilities are quickly compiling their plans on how to do so. You’ve probably seen several lists of New Year’s resolutions (or maybe you’ve written some for yourself), resolutions that may include things like losing weight, eating better, calling your parents more often, etc. But as a nurse or nursing student, your life has a whole other aspect that needs some resolutions of its own… and we’ve put together a few suggestions to help get that list started.
- Resolve to stay up to date on healthcare – The world of healthcare is changing incredibly fast, as new technologies, procedures, and practices are entering hospitals faster than ever. So resolve to invest time in reading about these breakthroughs so that you’ll be one step ahead when they eventually become part of your work day. (Sites such as The Healthcare Blog are great places to start).
- Be the nurse you’d want assigned to you – If you were in a hospital bed, what type of nurse would you want taking care of you? Chances are, they’d greet you with a smile, listen attentively, and would have a positive outlook on life—even at the end of a long shift or during a particularly difficult day. Resolve to be that nurse whenever you can.
- Share your resolutions – This applies to both personal and nursing resolutions. Once you verbalize what you plan to do (sharing your plans with co-workers and supervisors), they can begin to help hold you accountable for reaching those goals. We naturally want to please others and avoid disappointing, and that little boost can go a long way in keeping those nursing resolutions.
- Find a Resolution Buddy – Everything is easier when you have someone that can relate to exactly what you’re going through. Find another nurse that wants to make the same improvements and make a pact to improve together. Not only will it help you reach your own goals, it could go a long way in strengthening that co-worker / friendship bond.
- Sleep/Exercise/Eat better – Okay, this one is probably already on your personal list of resolutions, but the benefits directly apply to your work life as well. Resolve to take better care of your body, and you’ll have more energy to take care of your patients.
- Resolve to rest – Your days off are precious—guard them. Your breaks are few and far between—take full advantage of them. There will always be something to do or a co-worker to help, but unless you’ve taken care of yourself first, you’ll burn out. So this year, resolve to recharge when you can (and not to feel guilty for doing so).
- Resolve to ask for help – Asking for help is a simple thing to do but so many people struggle to do it. So in 2018, resolve to set pride to the side and ask for help when you need it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, overworked, or overextended, there’s no shame in asking for a helping hand.
- Stay ahead of stress – Stress is everywhere, and if you’re a nurse or studying to become a nurse, you more than likely have a higher dose of it than most. But there are many ways to keep ahead of stress (some great suggestions can be found here), and if you start the year by keeping a step ahead of your stress, and if you can keep up that commitment to stay ahead of your stress, 2018 could be a lot more relaxed.
There are dozens more resolutions we could share (you can see a fantastic list of others here), but hopefully these suggestions are a good start to your list. Good luck in the new year, and we can’t wait to see what you will accomplish.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to begin your own career in nursing, Unitek College is here to help! Contact us here for more information about our many nursing and medical assistant programs.