New year….new focus
With the New Year upon us it is time for new focus, both personal and professional. Some of us want to lose weight, quit smoking, or just be a better person in our personal lives, but what do we want in our professional lives?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Get certified in whatever specialty you work in. This not only shows your commitment to our profession, but makes you stand out when it’s seen on your resume.
- Become a mentor to a new nurse. Remember how hard your first year as a nurse, or on a new unit, was? Help them manage the roadblocks that come from everywhere.
- Spend more time with your patients. I know what you’re saying – I would love to but the hospital/my manager/regulatory agencies/etc. are putting too much on me and I don’t have the time. What I am saying is, try to learn how to prioritize those requirements so you can sit and talk to your patients.
For me and my unit, my focus this year will be on team building. I have built a great team over the past year I have been on this unit. We have met all our goals for 2009 and I just found out we had the highest patient satisfaction scores in the entire organization. Higher than Labor and Delivery where patients are happy they are in the hospital!
I want my staff to be proud of their accomplishments and strive to make even great ones in the coming year.
Happy New Year to all my fellow nurses out there, I am proud to be a part of team!
Rob Cameron is currently a staff nurse in a level II trauma center. He has primarily been an ED nurse for most of his career, but he has also been a nurse manager for Surgical Trauma and Telemetry unit. He has worked in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Hospice, Rehab, an extremely busy cardiology clinic and pretty much anywhere he's been needed.
Prior to his career in nursing, Rob worked in healthcare finance and management. Rob feels this experience has given him a perspective on nursing that many never see. He loves nursing because of all the options he has within the field. He is currently a grad student working on an MSN in nursing leadership, and teaches clinicals at a local university.
Away from work, Rob spends all of his time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys cycling and Crossfit. He is a die hard NASCAR fan. Sundays you can find Rob watching the race with his daughter.
By Rob Cameron