The one thing nurses shouldn’t put off

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As a nurse, it’s your nature to put others first: your patients, your family, your friends.

Well, before this year comes to an end and the new one is upon you, put yourself first for a while and spend some time making a plan—we’re talking about a health plan here—that will keep you from ignoring yourself any longer.

Here are some smart tips for nurses to develop a health plan.

1. Unless you already have the following scheduled, get cozy with your telephone for a few minutes and make these appointments for 2012:

  • A complete physical with your family physician (Ensure that he or she does or orders the recommended tests for your age. Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, offers excellent guidelines on what an annual physical exam should include, based on your age and gender.)
  • An eye exam with your optometrist
  • A check-up and cleaning with your dentist

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