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New Year’s Resolution Ideas for Nurses

what is your nursing new year's resolution?New Year’s resolutions are something people can be very serious about, while others merely have the false sense of hope that something will be accomplished – when in reality nothing gets accomplished. We’ve all been there because we’ve all said that we were going to lose at least 30 lbs in time for the summer.

“Stop Telling People that I’m a Nurse”

The one New Year’s resolution that every nurse can relate to is the one where we say we aren’t going to let any more people know that we work as a nurse. The reason why? Because it will lead to a never-ending stream of questions.

The minute you let someone know you work as a nurse, you instantly become the next Web MD sensation: “Hey X, why do I have this weird feeling in my head?” and so on and so forth. So a resolution many nurses give themselves is to keep the fact they work as a nurse on the down low to certain people they believe will barrage them with Qs.

The Golden Rule

“Treat others as you would want to be treated.”

Nurses deal with ill people day in and day out. It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse – generally someone with a heart and empathy. You should be able to put yourself in other’s shoes in order to connect with patients better. At the end of the day, be grateful for being able to touch others’ lives.

Learn From Mistakes

This one works well when we don’t have any other measurable resolutions or goals to focus on. The best advice we can give is to approach this resolution by first analyzing the mistakes you have made that are worth fixing – jot them down on paper or on your smartphone.

Once you’ve done this, then you’ll know exactly what to work on and then test yourself when the time comes – helping to make it a measurable goal.

Stay S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T. goals are goals that are [S]pecific, [M]easurable, [A]chievable, [R]esults focused, and [T]ime-bound. If you can manage to come up with a resolution that fits the bill – then give yourself a pat on the back. And then treat yourself to something incredibly indulging upon completion of that goal.

So we have to ask … what’s your New Year’s resolution going to be? For students, how about setting a new GPA goal? <– S.M.A.R.T. Goal

Happy 2015 from Marian College Nursing School of Los Angeles!

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