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Restore, advance, lead: 3 nursing goals and how to begin

Happy New Year!

Take a moment to think about where you’d like to be one year from today. Whatever that goal is, how do you plan to get there?

We’ve isolated three yearlong resolutions for you and then narrowed down some of the baby steps that will lead you there. It’s about the journey, not the destination, right? Well here’s your journey roadmap.

For the nurse who wants to RESTORE from burnout

  1. Start a meditation program: Meditating regularly is an accessible and inexpensive self-care routine that can help you regulate your emotions, feel refreshed and alert and find your center. Read more about meditation here and here.
  2. Walk three times per week: Walking for 30 minutes three times a week is associated with reduced anxiety and depression and increased esteem and cognitive functioning. Walking is a simple and cost-effective exercise method. You can divide your walks into 10-minute increments and receive the same benefits as you would in one 30-minute session. Your walks can become an oasis of “you” time.
  3. Practice setting boundaries: Learn to take care of your own needs first by figuring out where you end and others begin. Check out our helpful boundary self-assessment tool and some tips to begin setting your own boundaries.
  4. Make self-care a daily habit: What does it mean to take care of ourselves? Explore our well-being category for a great overview of self-care. Give some of the techniques a try. Start discussions with your colleagues — what do they do to de-stress? You’ll get some insights you might not discover on your own.

For the nurse who desires professional ADVANCEMENT

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  1. Take a pre-requisite for your BSN: If getting your BSN is something you’ve always desired, this small step will get your foot in the door of the academic world, increase your confidence and start your momentum toward the ultimate goal of getting that degree.
  2. Attend a conference: A conference is a great way to get enthusiastic again about your specialty, explore evidence-based advancements and meet with inspirational colleagues. Better yet, start a small research project and submit a scientific poster to be considered.
  3. Become certified in your specialty: Taking a certification course and exam is a concrete way to claim your professional space. It might be a certification in an area you already work in, or an area where you’d like to move toward.

For the nurse who envisions entering a LEADERSHIP role

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  1. Learn the art of assertive communication: Assertive communication can enhance teamwork and create a more respectful and healthier work environment. Learn how to have those difficult discussions. You’ll set the tone for your colleagues and ensure safer care for your patients.
  2. Read “Leading Valiantly in Healthcare: Four Steps to Sustainable Success”: You don’t need an administrative job to practice leadership skills — they’re needed in every domain of nursing. “Leading Valiantly in Healthcare,” by Catherine Robinson-Walker, is a book that will open your eyes to becoming the leader you want to be.
  3. Join a committee: Becoming an active member of an institutional committee is an easily attainable goal. It will make you feel more connected to your institution and will allow you opportunities to implement improvements and changes.
  4. Implement an evidence-based practice change in the workplace: Is there an area of patient care that you feel is in need of improvement? Conduct a literature review and develop a plan to make an evidence-based practice change. This will boost your leadership confidence.

Your turn

Do you have a year-long goal in mind? How do you plan to get there?

By | 2020-04-06T11:34:10-04:00 January 1st, 2015|Categories: Archived|0 Comments

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