4 Resolutions Every Nurse Should Make in 2019
It’s a New Year, and a fresh opportunity to evaluate your personal and professional goals!
Overwhelmingly, our nurses recommended finding time for self-care this year. Nurses touch others’ lives in ways that few other professions do. They are called upon to demonstrate passion and resilience, confidence and critical thinking, each day.
Through the practice of self-care, nurses can keep themselves healthy, both mentally and physically. When we “fill our own cup,” we are able to bring our best selves, and an emotional reserve, to the job every day.
“I am going to strive to give my co-workers uninterrupted lunches and take one for myself.” – Amy G.
“Take care of yourself with the same or even better concern and care than you do your patients!! The best thing you can do for your patients is to share with them the best version of yourself.” – Sandy B.
“To make sure their compassion is extended to themselves.” – Regina O.
2. Advance Your Education
Study after study has shown that advanced education among nurses improves patient outcomes. Decide this year that it’s time to earn that BSN, or advance your education with an MSN or doctoral degree. Complement the degree you already have with a graduate certificate.
“Continue your education. Whether its formal, certification or CE.” – Colleen M.
“To keep learning.” – Aimee D.
3. Mentor the Next Generation of Nurses
Let 2019 be the year that “nurses eat their young” goes away for good. Model what extraordinary care is all about by taking an extra minute to help, mentor or guide a new nurse.
“We as nurses should strengthen, guide and teach our young nurses the correct way of nursing.” – Lotaya G.
“Don’t eat their young!” – Chloe M.
“Treat everyone around you with kindness, love and compassion ... after all we are nurses who have the power to make a positive change.” – Reshma M.
A given in nursing, but it always bears remembering: treat every patient and their family as your own. When dealing with a difficult patient or day, keep your perspective and remember why you entered the profession.
“To be more patient with patients and family members and show empathy.” – Jennifer C.
“Treat your patients as if they were your family!!” -- Maranda W.