As 2019 comes to a close, we are reflecting on all that we’ve done this year and looking forward to the year ahead. As we welcome 2020, we are thinking about our goals and wanted to share our Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Nurses.
#1 Make More Time for Self Care
Let’s talk burn-out. In one of our July blogs, we talked about the reality of nursing burnout. According to a 2019 National Nursing Engagement Report survey, over 15% of nurses reported feelings of burnout, and over 40% reported feeling “disengaged.” Shift after shift we painstakingly assess our patients, but are we assessing our own self-care needs?
Self-care, or rather the lack of self-care, is a serious issue among healthcare professionals. Whether it’s booking a monthly massage, taking time for daily meditation or yoga practice, or resetting with essential oils during your break, self-care is vital for us all. Check out Kathi’s self-care tips on her Nurse Kathi blog here.
#2 Get More Involved With Professional Organizations
Nursing organizations are important for nurses across the career spectrum, providing a link between bedside practice and the important social and legislative issues influencing nursing care. They can provide education opportunities, provide an avenue for advocacy on important healthcare issues, and grow your professional network.
Here’s a short list of organizations to get you started:
- American Academy of Nurses
- American Nurses Association
- National Association of Neonatal Nurses
- Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
#3 Seek More Educational Opportunities
Whether you are a new NICU nurse, or an experienced clinician, educational opportunities allow us to grow and develop our skills and knowledge. To provide the latest in evidence-based care to optimize outcomes, there is always something new to learn, a deeper understanding to obtain, a new skill to master. The world of Neuro Nurturing Care is ever-evolving. To stay up to date on the latest, take advantage of our wide selection of educational opportunities online or join us in Orlando for the 2020 ONE Conference.
#4 Find Or Become A Mentor
Mentorship is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, elements of nursing. Experienced nurses making themselves available to guide the budding novice nurse is crucial to mutual growth. Mentorship helps to foster positive environments for learning and encourages both personal and professional development for the mentor and the mentee.
Your hospital may have a mentorship program, and many professional organizations have programs or are developing programs. We invite you to seek out mentorship opportunities by connecting with each other in our Facebook community and in person at the 2020 ONE Conference.
#5 Reignite Your Connection To Your Calling
We know that being a NICU nurse is as exhausting as it is rewarding. We push our body, mind, and emotions to the limit every shift. Why? Because we are passionate about caring for these babies and their families. The truth is that the passion, the intensity, it takes a toll and we experience burn out. Sometimes it takes something big, something transformational to find your way back to how you felt in the very beginning. We invite you to join us in Orlando, surround yourself with NICU professionals just like you and reignite your connection to your calling.
We’d love to hear from you. What are your resolutions for 2020?