Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I do. One for every month of the year. They are specific goals that I plan to accomplish in 2014. Not only do I get done what I say I will, I usually have time to add to the list. Let me show you how to do the same. Here are 12 resolutions I wish every nurse would make for next year and how to make them become part of your behavior for years to come:
I resolve to support every nursing staff member in any way I can.
I resolve to give and receive constructive feedback with my coworkers.
I resolve not to backstab anyone.
I resolve to constructively resolve conflict.
I resolve to listen more than I speak.
I resolve to see the other person’s point of view.
I resolve not to make assumptions about someone else’s behavior.
I resolve to hear both sides of the story before making any judgments.
I resolve to offer help to a coworker who is overwhelmed.
I resolve to recognize what I don’t know and learn about it.
I resolve to be patient with other nurses who may not know what I know nor have the experiences I have and teach them.
I resolve if I don’t know how to do any of the other 11 resolutions that I will learn how.
I resolve to be less critical of others.
Reading these resolutions is one thing. Doing them is another. Here is the process to use to make these resolutions a reality in your life. Choose one resolution each month. Write it on three pieces of paper. Keep one at your bedside and read it every morning when you get up and every night before you go to bed. Bring another to read on your commute to and from work. Take another to work. Then every day perform at least one action to fulfill that statement. By the end of the month, your resolution will become a part of your permanent work behavior. Think of what positives we could accomplish if we gave this list to all the nurses we practice with and know socially? I plan to. Let me know what happens when you do and if you have other resolutions for nurses I might have missed.