As we wrap up another year filled with memories and experiences and head towards the new year, consider what 2016 means to you. For many of us 2016 has been a year filled with laughter, sadness, and a bunch of emotions in between.
As I look back at the current of events that took place this year, I consider how each one has impacted my life in any way. Whether you consider 2016 to be your best year, or the worst year ever, the good thing is that we are blessed to enter 2017 with a clean slate.
Here are a few reasons why you should look forward to 2017:
1. A new job (or specialty)
If you’re feeling stagnant in your career or you’re not working in the specialty that you really want to be in, now is the time to create a new plan for yourself. If you’re unhappy with your current position as a nurse, don’t be afraid to change it up. One of the best things about the nursing field is that you have the option to work in various different specialties and settings. If you’re not certain on what you want to do ask a few nurses to shadow them.
2. Travel as a nurse
Whether you like warm winters in California or beautiful mountains in Washington, take advantage of travel nursing to see the world. You can travel alone or take a nursing buddy along for the experience. Travel nursing has many advantages such as great pay, flexibility and the opportunity to meet new people from around the world.
3. Learn a new hobby
As nurses, we give so much of ourselves away to our patients then go home and do the same for our families. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending cycle and we forget to make ourselves happy. Learning a new hobby is a great way to experience new things and find out what makes us happy. Whether it’s a sport, photography, or yoga, do something that you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to doing.
4. Set new goals
The cool things about starting a new year is that we can hit the reset button.
If you didn’t achieve all of your goals for 2016, it’s OK.
You are not the same person you were a year ago and chances are it’s time to reevaluate and create new goals that align with who you are as a person. Remember to set a goal for all the main areas in your life and not just one huge goal. Holism is key.
5. Mentor a new nurse
With fall graduations ending chances are you will have a new nurse added to your unit. Take the time out to mentor them and offer any extra help they may need. You may even want to invite them out for a Starbucks date and get to know them better. I remember how scared and timid I was a new nurse and felt like I didn’t quite fit any with the seasoned nurses. A simple gesture like this goes along way and you will have impact their career in so many different ways.
In 2017 let’s kill the “Nurses eat their young” mantra!