Well, we're almost a week into 2011. Have you broken any resolutions yet? Me too. But, the beauty of New Year's resolutions is that they can be started at any time. Not just on January 1.
In previous blog posts, I've touched on things like healthy living for nurses through eating well and exercising, trying to quit smoking, and seeking help for emotional issues. Research tells us that you have to hear something several times before you retain it, so here are some suggestions for New Year's resolutions for nurses. You may find that one or two might apply to you.Maintain a healthy weight-
This is my New Year's resolution every year. My baby is 14 months old, and I'm still about 55 pounds heavier than I was before I became pregnant. But the thing is, how can I tell patients to lose weight to control their diabetes or decrease their cancer risk if I can't be a role model? It's time for me to plan my meals in advance and make better decisions at the grocery store (since the cafeteria at work isn't helping).Exercise more
-This is one of the toughest things for nurses to do. Why? We work long shifts and frankly, we're too tired to exercise when we're not at work. Plus, when do we have the time to do it? If we could set aside just 30 minutes a day, we could make ourselves so much healthier. Many institutions have onsite fitness centers that are accessible during weird healthcare worker hours. A membership might not be a bad idea.Avoid co-workers who bring you down
- Sometime's we work with people we wouldn't choose to spend time with in our real lives. That's just the reality of working in healthcare. If you can find a way to communicate with them that demonstrates mutual respect and professionalism, it makes for a much easier day. One important thing to resolve to do, particularly if you work on a nursing unit in a big hospital, is to stop gossip when it happens. You know how it is when you get a big group of women together, (sorry to male nurses, statistically there are more women nurses than men) and gossiping about each other can really kill the morale of a workplace.Learn something new
- Why not do some continuing education, even if it's not required of you? Healthcare is always changing, evidence based practice is always showing us that we may not be doing things the best way for our patients and we could improve. Do something for your patients by enriching your knowledge base. Attend a conference in an exotic locale (well, exotic compared to your own institution), take a free continuing education monograph...or dream big: go back for that associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree you've been dreaming about. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement, sometimes 100%!
I know, it's easier said than done. And even if you try to do any of these things and fall off the wagon, you can always get back on at anytime. I'm thinking about picking up this book
, or maybe this one
. If you've read it, let me know how it is. I am going to try anything this year to become the wife, mom, and nurse I've always wanted to be.
Best of luck with your personal resolutions!