With the new year comes a time for reflection and new goals. As a nurse, you can make 2019 a stellar year by setting New Year’s resolutions for yourself. Take a look at some resolutions nurses can make in 2019:
1. Fuel your body with healthier foods
Although quick and convenient for nurses, fast food and instant meals are not the healthiest. The benefits of a homecooked meal greatly outweigh the convenience of junk food. In 2019, make it your goal to eat healthier and fuel your body with the nutrition it needs to make it through a long shift. You’ll feel energized and your body will thank you for it.
2. Find a mentor or be a mentor
Mentors are a great asset to every career. They can provide you with guidance to steer your career in the right direction and can give you expert and trustworthy advice. If you’re a new nurse, seek out someone who can be this teacher for you. Are you a seasoned nurse? Be a mentor to someone who is just starting out in the nursing field. You have the opportunity to play a significant role in someone else’s career.
3. Learn something new
Just like any healthcare environment, nursing is constantly changing with medical advancements. Give yourself an edge by keeping up with the fast pace. Be a continuous learner, attend seminars in your free time and read nursing journals frequently. Do everything you can to avoid stagnation in your career. 2019 is the year to be the best nurse you can be!
4. Practice self-care
Nurses are expected to give 100 percent every day. It’s important to stay physically and mentally healthy so you can be there for your patients when they need you most. Avoid emotional burnout and practice self-care in 2019. Get in shape by finding ways to squeeze in a workout here and there. This could be as simple as taking the stairs or riding your bike to work. Don’t neglect your mental health. Find ways to take care of your mental well-being through journaling, meditation or spending time in nature.
5. Be the type of nurse you would want
This year, make it your mission to go the extra mile for each of your patients. If you were the patient, what kind of nurse would you want taking care of you? Strive to be that nurse in 2019. It’s all too easy to lose sight of your values and work ethic while you deal with the countless responsibilities and tasks you face at work. Always go back to the golden rule of “treating others the way you want to be treated.”