11 in ’11: Looking Ahead

We’ve looked back at Nurse Teeny’s first year as an RN. Now it’s time to move forward…

11 New Year’s Goals for The Makings of a Nurse

  1. Become self-hosted! Will definitely present some original headaches, but I think it will also be an incredible learning experience. And since my new job is only 32 hours a week, opportunity is knocking for this blog! Any suggestions for good companies that offer reasonable prices?
  2. Create a page just for new grads. My first year was anything but easy. I have visions for creating a resource-rich community. Self-hosting can help make this possible.
  3. As promised, break down the IOM Report on the Future of Nursing. It’s packed full of thought-provoking ideas! I’m sensing a post series in the works.
  4. Attend a conference on health care social media/blogging. Know of any good ones?
  5. Link to more nursing bloggers by inviting guest posts. Still trying to figure out the logistics. I’m thinking of tying it into the new grad page idea (see #2).
  6. Link to more nursing bloggers by guest posting myself. Any takers? 😉
  7. Continue participating in #RNchat. Join the conversation … Thursdays at 9 pm EST!
  8. Utilize free resources from the IHI Open School for Health Professions to start some important professional (and hopefully multidisciplinary) dialogue.
  9. Use my new job as fodder for conversation about important public health and social issues.
  10. Continue reviewing nursing-related gadgets and gear when appropriate.
  11. Continue making this blog about nursing! 2011 is shaping up to be a big year for me personally! I’m sure I’ll share some tidbits here and there about wedding plans and such, but I pledge to stay focused. 🙂

And just for kicks, here’s my personal New Year’s Resolution (being a nurse, I had to use a S.M.A.R.T. goal – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited):

In 2011, try out 11 new fitness classes/programs. My reason? I can feel my body hitting a plateau with Zumba. I love it and will continue to salsa it up 3-4 times a week, but I’m sensing a need to add more strength training and target other areas. Consider it my own version of Bridal Bootcamp. 😉

I’m still researching options (and moving this spring will open some new doors), but here are some definite keepers:

  • Train for and run a 5K by the end of September. I am NOT a runner, so I’ll be relying on the “Couch to 5K” program to keep me going.
  • Bodypump (or some variation)
  • Spinning (I’m terrified but determined)
  • Nia
  • A local bootcamp program – to jump start my fitness regimen in our new/old city
  • And until I start getting paychecks and can sign up for all this fun, I’ll be doing push-ups and sit-ups in the room I’m “borrowing” from our family friend.
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