The time of year has come to reflect on how we can become better versions of ourselves. If you’re a nurse in need of some inspiration, these 21 New Year’s resolutions may help you make positive changes in 2018.
1. I will cut back on caffeine and prioritize sleep instead, making sure I catch enough zzz’s to feel rested on a regular basis.
2. I will take a stand against workplace violence by taking steps to educate myself on how to deescalate violence.
3. I will give back to the community, volunteering my skills and knowledge as a nurse to benefit others who need it most.
4. I will schedule a weekly session of “me-time” where I get to indulge myself, whether it’s a romantic comedy, pedicure, hike, or anything else I feel driven to do.
5. I will advance my career, whether it’s taking a new course or trying out a new position such as travel nursing.
6. I will take a bathroom break at least every six hours.
7. I will learn something new each day and look for opportunities to enhance my skills at work.
8. I will communicate with co-workers and managers if I need assistance, have run into a problem, or are unclear of expectations.
9. I will gain insight into my peers’ roles and expand my understanding of how my workplace functions effectively.
10. I will find an interesting way to stay up-to-date on the healthcare industry, whether it’s subscribing to a relevant podcast, magazine, or email newsletter.
11. I will take time to reflect on the emotional needs of my patients and how I can make them feel more comfortable when in my care.
12. I will sit down monthly and write out my career goals for the next month, six months, year and five years, and review my progress each time.
13. I will leave a work environment that is no longer serving me well.
14. I will travel more.
15. I will learn better self-compassion, including mindfulness, common humanity and self-kindness.
16. I will help my co-workers when I can, if they are in need.
17. I will not let workplace bullies get the better of me and will face them head-on.
18. I will take part in movements that support nurses and their safety as well as the development of safe healthcare environments for patients and staff alike.
19. I will not be afraid to admit it if I am overextending myself and will take action to re-gain control over my life in areas it’s spun out of control.
20. I will think of new ways to go above and beyond in my role.
21. I will commit to simple health improvements, like drinking more water or flossing daily, because I love my body and I deserve it.
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