by Paula Manuel Staff Nurse Interest Group

2020 New Year & Decade

I recall working when 1999 turned to 2000 and there was that doubt about computers related to Y2K would our world make the date change and survive; well we survived and I recall the city fireworks and the status of my patient.

This year has been different yet again, continued recovery and searching for a new position since August. One interview and the feeling of ho hum I placed as a runner up, but what’s changed in the job search is the social media medium and the need to tailor each application as per the job posting. Utilization of key words so that the software used by a number of Human Resource departments will identify my application as a good match.

I am confident my next position is out there and some days I feel under qualified though mostly I embrace the feeling of confidence that I can be whatever I need to be in a leadership position. So all the best to my audience for the coming year and if you have been seduced by the lure of resolutions read on.

I started a resolution in October, always a rebel to conformity, but it is specific and I have been committed to it for over 12 weeks. Boxing aka learning, training, and moving my body in a way that increased strength, flexibility, and stamina that are measurable outcomes. You know I will mention SMART goals; the criteria you all know when you review College of Nurses material, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results and Timed.

I will exercise more translates into I will attend a personal training session specific to boxing, weekly, with measurements of my body every 4 weeks and photographs. I actually exercise formally twice a week and this week will introduce a third session, the criteria is met and it’s attainable because I know I’m in it for the long haul not a six weeks and everything is fixed.

Resolutions range from physical, relationships, life skills, your job, and key is to remember change is easy to make progress you need to show up, work, and follow a plan (Tony Robbins, 2019). This means you need a care plan for yourself, identify some risks that you can change, influence, transform etc., remember to be mindful you’re human not perfect, and recruit a friend to be your cheerleader it’s not much fun without a cheering section.

Keep in mind you are a caregiver ensure you are the most important client, carve out 5-10 minutes for the next few days and give yourself the time to consider your life plan aka resolutions. No high achiever effort needed, pick one area and work on it for 4-6 weeks, you need space, time, and skill to change your behaviour, attitude, and celebrate success. If you invest now you will not reach a crisis point so easily i.e. burnout.

Namaste

When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy

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