5 New Year’s Resolutions for Every Nurse We Know

“This year I’ll go back to school to learn something new.” – This is an excellent New Year’s Resolution to make for 2014. There are many courses you can take as a nurse, whether towards an advanced degree, certificate or as a continuing education student. Pick out something you’d like to learn and set the goal that you’ll take a course by the end of March.

 

“This year I’ll give something back.” – Many nurses do so much in their daily lives at work, but some feel called to do volunteer work as nurses. If this is something you would like to do, there are many organizations that would love to hear from you. There are local, regional and international efforts that need nurses desperately. A recent effort was the relief efforts following the devastating Typhoon in thePhilippines.

 

“This year I’ll really get to know my coworkers.” – This is a great New Year’s Resolution to choose. Often you can know a small group of coworkers that you work with quite well, but you may not know others who work for the same facility or even the same department. Now is the time to make the effort, and get to know others that you work with. There may be the opportunity to collaborate with them in the future or simply learning from them or even a great work friend around the corner.

 

“This year I’ll get rid of a bad habit.” – This is a very popular New Year’s Resolution, and as nurses we often feel we have to model healthy habits for our patients. Take proactive steps to help ensure that your 2014 resolution has every chance of success. If your goal is to exercise more, pack your gym bag before leaving for work and put it in the car so you’re ready to stop on the way home. If your goal is to eat healthy snacks instead of out of the vending machine, leave the quarters at home and pack string cheese, apples and yogurt, all very portable, healthy snacks.

 

“This year I’ll put myself on the path for promotion.” – This is an achievable New Year’s resolution for many. Take stock of your skills and the needs at your facility. What do you need to improve to put yourself in the best position for a promotion this year? Now is the time to create an action plan, step by step, to achieve your goal of a promotion.

 

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Safe New Year from your friends at Meridian Nurse Recruiters!

 

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2014

According to USA.gov, many of the New Year’s resolutions people make each year are related to their health. Whether you as a nurse or nursing student decide it is time to adopt a healthy habit, or you would like to encourage your patients to improve their health, it is helpful to be aware of some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people like to make. As a nurse you will be able to encourage that patient to make healthy choice while they are “revved up” and feel excited about making a positive change.

 

USA.gov lists the most popular New Year’s resolutions and also provides resources people can turn to. This website is an excellent one to encourage patients to visit if they are thinking about making a healthy change for the better. New Year’s resolutions can be viewed here: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml

 

Healthy New Year’s resolutions according to USA.gov include:

 

Drink less alcohol

 

Eat healthy food

 

Get fit

 

Lose weight

 

Manage stress

 

Quit smoking

 

USA.gov recommends their website ChooseMyPlate.gov when you have the New Year’s resolution to Eat healthy food. The website can be viewed here: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.  You’ll find helpful tips for weight management, exercise, calorie counting, a food tracker, information for pregnant & breastfeeding women, information for college students and children.

 

As a nurse you may want to recommend additional resources when a patient approaches you with the desire to Eat healthy food. You may refer them to a nutritionist or a registered dietician so a food plan can be customized for them. You may refer them to their physician for a physical or a consultation, especially if there is a concern the patient is not eating healthy foods or does not eat enough or in excess.

 

They say that a new habit – good or bad – takes approximately 21 days to become part of our regular routine and daily life. It can be so easy to be excited to make a New Year’s resolution and then to watch it fizzle out after a week or so. Try to encourage your patients to “push” past and reach at least the 1 month mark of 30 days. They may be surprised to discover that their healthy habit sticks with them in a pleasing way!

 

Sources: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/, http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/New-Years-Resolutions.shtml