New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses
A new year is on the horizon, and that means one thing for nurses and non-nurses alike: New Year’s resolutions. It’s true they’re hard to keep, that most people forget them by February, and that real change is difficult. However, if you’ve made the decision to become a nurse, it’s clear you have the capacity for self-improvement in you. You’ve already made a commitment to study, to serve, and to surmount challenges. You’ve got this. If you can be a nurse, you have it in you to be an even better nurse.
“I will have empathy”
Let’s be honest for a moment: Patients can be annoying. They seem to always need something or, even worse, they refuse to take your good advice. They complain and lash out, and sometimes you wonder why they’re even seeking medical treatment at all. Anyone who’s ever worked in healthcare can tell you stories about nightmare patients.
But there’s a reason healthcare is often so tense. People who need treatment are often undergoing a fair amount of stress. You, a trained nurse, might know that a patient’s disease or injury can be easily managed, but he or she might not. On top of that, they could also be thinking about things like missed work, insurance entanglements, and how long they’ll have to actually be in a hospital, away from their normal life.
Empathy is necessary for nurses to keep their wits about them, and to keep from turning into nightmares for their patients. It can be difficult, but it’s entirely necessary.
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“I will explore”
There are many ways to be a nurse. The vast majority of nurses work in hospitals, but smaller clinics, assisted living facilities, private homes, and schools also employ nurses. It’s also possible to work as a nurse educator, a consultant, or even as an entrepreneur. Explore your options. Find new ways to shape your career. Expand your horizons and uncover what you’re good at. And, if you’re really up for a challenge, go abroad. Being a nurse can take you far beyond the world you know.
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“I will learn”
Education isn’t just something you do once. It’s a process. For nurses, that means continually making sure their healthcare knowledge is up to date, and that they understand current best practices. It can also mean going for a more advanced level of nursing education. If you don’t have your BSN yet, getting one is a perfect New Year’s resolution. If you do, you can be part of the growing number of nurses with BSNs. A major goal for the industry is for 80 percent of nurses to have a BSN by 2020.
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“I will forgive myself”
Plenty of people make all-or-nothing resolutions. They vow to totally give up something like cake, soft drinks, or fried foods, for instance. Yet the inevitable moment arrives when they succumb to temptation. When this happens (and it probably will), don’t beat yourself up or wallow in defeat. Instead, forgive yourself and start again. Keeping New Year’s resolutions means that when you fall, you get back up.
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Here at Ameritech, we pride ourselves on being an organization operated and led by nurses. If you’re interested in learning more about how a BSN can help you achieve your goals, feel free to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you!