Although it’s hard to squeeze some time for exercise amidst the busy schedule of nurses, you can find time if you are really determined to get fit.
You can start by working out once or twice a week. Then, gradually increase it as your schedule permits.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Stop being content with instant and fast-food meals. You of all people know why they are bad for you. Choose healthy meals and as much as possible, cook your own food. Cooking and packing your own meals will let you have healthier food choices.
Find a Mentor and Be a Mentor to Someone Else
Finding a good mentor will help you open your eyes to new learning as you work on improving your career. A good mentor will provide career guidance especially in identifying your strengths and weaknesses that need improvement. In return, you should also be a mentor to someone else. Coach a new nurse and help with the first few months.
Expand your Professional Network
Expanding your professional connection is one of the most advised New Year’s resolutions for nurses. Join professional nursing organisations relevant to your field.
Be a Continuous Learner
To keep up with the pace, it is important for nurses to be a continuous learner to prevent stagnation. In the end, being a continuous learner will be your edge over other nurses.
Build a Healthy Work Environment by Starting with Yourself
Be a good example to your colleagues and start the change with yourself. Build positive work cultures/norms in your station so that colleagues will be influenced to follow your lead.
Do at Least One “Impossible”
Do you have something you’ve always wanted to do but never though to do it in real life due to practical reasons? Whatever it is, do that one thing you’d never thought to do. Imagine yourself doing it. Feel it, taste it, see it, and then take action!
Be the Kind of Nurse you Would Want to Take Care of You
Strive to be the nurse you would like to have if you will be hospitalised. With so many tasks and responsibilities at work, it’s easy to slowly lose a grip on your established values and work ethics. In the end, if you will remind yourself of how you would like to be cared as a patient, you will be guided on how to be the best nurse for your patients.