A new year brings lists of things and goals we hope to accomplish within the next year. Whether it’s losing weight, cleaning our house more, or gossiping less, let’s be real- most of our resolutions are broken by February 1st.
For me, this new year brings a whole new set of resolutions. My new years resolutions have stopped revolving around nursing school and the life of a college student. No longer am I saying that I will stop Netflix bingeing when I should be studying, or that I will stop online shopping during lectures (I totally never did that, mom). But now as a full-fledged registered nurse, there are some “nurse resolutions” that I want to try to keep.
I hope that some of you will be making and keeping these resolutions with me!
In 2018, I resolve to:
- Keep a positive attitude, even when the unit gets hectic and crazy.
- Stay on top of my charting instead of scrambling to finish it before shift change.
- Attempt to keep hydrated during my shifts; drinking coffee doesn’t count.
- Make sure I’m truly listening to, and not just hearing, my patients and their families.
- Be patient, especially when the pharmacy or lab is taking a long time to send me what I need.
- Not flirt with and/or prank the residents (okay, maybe I’ve already broken this one).
- Exercise on my days off, so I can be strong for my patients.
- Appreciate everyone I work with in the hospital, from fellow nurses to environmental services.
- Ask questions or for help when I need it, instead of pretending I know how to do everything.
- Eat more veggies and less chocolate.
- Learn and practice care that makes me uncomfortable or nervous, like tracheostomies.
- Take every opportunity to improve on my IV insertion and phlebotomy skills.
- Try to learn something everyday that will improve patient care or nursing skills in my specialty.
- Be there when my patients and families really need a hug or a hand to hold.
- Not squirt saline flushes like they are water guns.
- Help my coworkers on the unit whenever I can, so we can truly work as a team.
- Spend my time off doing things I love, whether it’s learning a new hobby or being with my family.
- Truly appreciate every patient experience, as they are what keep me in love with my career.
Have a great 2018!