New beginnings are abundant every January, and this year is no exception. Perhaps you’ve resolved to hit the gym more often, eat cleaner foods, or be a better spouse. These are all admirable resolutions to make, but what about your nursing career?
Whether you’ve been a nurse for decades or you’re just starting out, there are plenty of goals you can make and achieve that will make 2016 the best year of your career. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few goals all nurses could benefit from.
1. Sleep More
Sleep comes up in many blogs and articles about the well being of nurses, and for good reason. Good sleep sets the foundation for emotional and physical wellness. Without adequate rest, it’s difficult to reach your full potential.
This year, vow to work toward getting 8 hours of sleep each day. You can start by going to bed just 5 minutes earlier, then 5 more minutes earlier, and so on until you reach your goal. This time next year, you’ll feel more energetic and fulfilled!
2. Say “Thank You” More
You know how good it feels when someone recognizes your effort? Spread that joy to your colleagues every day. If you vow to thank just one person each day, you’ll find that your workplace is happier in no time. Also, this practice will force you to look for something to be grateful for every day. Who couldn’t benefit from a little extra gratitude?
3. Take More Breaks
Nurses are notorious for not taking their well-deserved breaks. However, this is not what’s best for the nurses or patients. In order to stay alert and attentive, you must give yourself a few moments to catch your breath and eat. Think of it in terms of airplane safety. There’s a reason flight attendants tell you to put your mask on first before assisting others. Apply that reasoning to your career and see how things change for the better.
4. Become a Mentor
Think back to when you began nursing. Like a lot of new nurses, you may have felt overwhelmed or like an outsider. It’s very likely that someone you work with is feeling the same way. You may find that becoming a mentor to that person helps you both in a variety of ways.
While you will certainly help an up-and-coming nurse, you’ll find that being a mentor helps you just as much. Many mentors find that their career and knowledge advances after taking on such a task. Show someone the ropes this year, and you might just make it your best year yet.
When you’re making goals and plans for 2016, don’t forget your nursing career. How are you going to make this year phenomenal? Let us know. For more information, tips, and ideas, make sure to follow NurseCore on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.