Nothing feels better than the clean slate that a New Year provides.
As we say “Goodbye” to 2016 and “Hello” to 2017, here are a few ways you can dedicate the New Year to becoming the best nurse you can be.
1. Create an Environment That Is Conducive to Growth
Take control of your work environment. Although there are many aspects you’ll have no control over within a medical setting, focus on the things that you can control.
Want to improve your health and wellness in the New Year? Throw out your stash of sweets, kick your caffeine habit, buy a new pair of scrubs in your favourite colour. If you’re experiencing tension with any co-workers, now is the time to overcome your differences and do your best to work towards the shared goal of providing exceptional healthcare to your patients.
Don’t be afraid of change either; if your workplace feels toxic, allow yourself to explore other options that could offer a more rewarding experience, such as travel nursing.
2. Find a Mentor
No matter how far along you are in your career, it is never too late to benefit from a mentor. Network with professionals in your workplace who have achieved something that you strive for in your own career. You can initiate this by offering to buy them a coffee in exchange for an information interview, which will give you an opportunity to find out more about their career path.
If you don’t feel inspired in your current work environment, a temporary position in a new environment may be what you need to reignite your professional growth.
3. Learn Something New
Nurses work within the rapidly changing healthcare environment where it is often the responsibility of the individual to keep up with medical advancements. However, learning doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, it can be something as simple as reading nursing magazines or attending a few seminars within the year. Joining a professional nursing organization is another great way to further your education, as it will help you stay on top of issues that effect your work while connecting you to new learning opportunities.
Every action you take will help you become the best version of yourself, helping you to provide well-informed care to your patients and to contribute up-to-date knowledge to your team.
For a totally immersive learning experience, a temporary travel nursing position in a small town may be the perfect fit for you. Nurses in rural locations are often able to wear many hats and step into a diverse range of roles as there are fewer staff to meet the wide variety of patient needs.
4. Focus on the Positives
Nurses see it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. When working as a nurse, it could be very easy to drown yourself in negative thoughts, frustration and stress – but life’s too short for that! Healthcare professionals deal with a very heavy workload mentally, emotionally, and physically… but they also get to be a part of intimate moments of compassion and healing.
If you find that your work gets you down, try keeping gratitude journal. In this journal, write down three things that you’re thankful for (or three good things that happened) each day. Soon enough you’ll find that your mind automatically focuses on the good rather than the bad.
5. Do Something for YOU!
Never forget to take care of yourself! If each year you accomplish one thing you have always wanted to do, you’ll create a life of fulfillment, special memories and achievements. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do that seems impossible in your current situation, challenge yourself to find a way to make it happen.
Want to travel without sacrificing your nursing career? Take the leap and give travel nursing a try. With higher-than-average wages, more flexibility, and paid travel and living expenses, what do you have to lose?