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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses

We are all familiar with New Year’s resolutions that focus on the “new year, new you” mentality. Whether the goal is to exercise more, eat healthier or be better with money, we don’t always think about how we can make resolutions that apply to our professional lives. To help take your nursing career to the next level this year, here are five resolutions worth sticking to.

Work Smarter

Like the adage says – work smarter, not harder. As a nurse, your day-to-day is always busy, and tasks can seem limitless. Start your day on the right foot by planning ahead. Make a list of tasks you need to complete at the start of your shift, so you can focus on what needs to get done first. This will help keep you organized and on track, saving you stress in the end.

Keep Learning

The healthcare landscape is constantly changing, and medical advancements continue to grow. Make a resolution to be a lifetime learner by always staying up to date on the latest industry trends. Read nursing journals and blogs, take continuing education courses, and participate in available professional and leadership programs.

Expand Your Professional Network

Networking is so important in a professional career and that includes nursing. Join professional nursing organizations, and get involved in your own organization. Not only will this help you meet others in the nursing field, but it will help you discover new learning and work opportunities. Baton Rouge General is hosting a Nurse Networking Night with the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association Thursday, January 26, 2023. This is a great opportunity to have fun while meeting nurses from across Baton Rouge! Register here.

Find a Mentor and Be a Mentor

Finding a good mentor is key to helping you become a better nurse. A mentor can provide career guidance and tips to help you overcome any obstacles or weaknesses you may be facing. In return, becoming a mentor to someone else can help you build leadership skills. Often new nurse graduates need guidance and advice from more seasoned nurses. As a mentor you can help them establish themselves as nurse and affect their outlook on the profession.

Create a Work Environment You Enjoy

A positive and productive work environment starts with you. Maintaining a positive attitude will give you the energy and confidence you need to face the challenges of the day. That positivity will spread to your fellow nurses and, most importantly, your patients. As a nurse there are so many tasks and responsibilities on any given day that it can be easy to lose sight of why you love being a nurse. Remind yourself of why you love what you do and think of your patients and how you would want to be cared for.

At Baton Rouge General we support our nurses and all staff to be their best selves both personally and professionally. Call or text a recruiter today at (985) 606-9061 to learn more about our current nursing opportunities.