January first is approaching, and the start of a new year means new goals and objectives for many nurses. Whether this means eating healthier or adopting a new mindset, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to make lasting change. The following resolutions are particularly valuable for nurses.
With the advent of online schooling, obtaining an advanced degree is easier today than ever. Whether it’s a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, or a specialization in a certain area, an advanced degree can open numerous doors with better opportunities for nurses. Even if changing jobs is not a consideration this new year, a higher level of education can mean higher pay at a current job.
Often, nurses prioritize the health of their patients over their own. While devotion to patients’ wellbeing is a cornerstone of nursing, a nurse’s devotion to his or her personal health and wellness is paramount as well. Nurses who prioritize their own health provide better care and set encouraging examples for their patients. Taking the time to prepare healthy meals and snacks for the workday will go a long way to help ensure good health. Doing so will also maintain steady energy levels and help nurses avoid the temptation to cruise by the vending machine for a quick snack.
Maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace can have significant effects on patients and colleagues alike. Some days it may be difficult, but wearing a smile and making efforts to clear any negativity can make a huge difference in the lives of patients. Many individuals that nurses have regular contact with may be anxious, scared, or upset, so showing them compassion and positivity can make a difference in how they respond to their situation.
Pursue Personal Interests
For nurses, it may seem like there is no time for personal pursuits; however, in a field that requires so much compassion, time, and energy, it is important to find a healthy work-life balance. Adequate time to rest and rejuvenate will contribute to overall job satisfaction. This can be something as simple as taking time to read a good book, spending time with family, or developing a new hobby. Pursuing personal interests can enhance emotional wellbeing and potentially bring more positivity into the workplace.
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