1+3 in ’13: Moving Forward

Happy New Year everyone! As you’re reading this, I’m coming off my final shift of 2012 and my first shift of 2013. What a way to ring it in! 😉

Looking back at 2012, I have to say I never in a million years expected to be here. Back in North Carolina in an acute care setting? What?

I had a hard time coming up with 13 Goals for 2013. That’s a lot to accomplish in a year! I also realized that I’ve been setting pretty high standards for myself, and maybe it’s time to emphasize activities that will help me re-center and ground myself where I am. This will be especially important as I anticipate heading back to school.

In light of this important new direction, rather than set 13 individual goals for 2013, I’ve identified “1+3” for the upcoming year.

Goal #1: Walk the walk.

The Holistic Nurse series from last year really got me thinking. Despite all of the posting I did about self-care modalities, most often I failed to follow my own advice. And after diving back into night shift, I’ve dealt with new levels of exhaustion. There are a lot of things I want to accomplish, personally and professionally, but before I can do any of it well, I need to do some work on myself first. Nurse Teeny needs a physical, mental and spiritual tune-up. I’m still working through what this means and how it will look.

One thing it will mean for you is that The Holistic Nurse will continue, but in a different direction. I’ll be sharing my own journey of healing and wholeness, partly to hold myself accountable by telling my story and partly to model the self-care that I hear so much about. Stay tuned for more details…

The “+3” Goals are smaller nursing- and work-related aspirations that I am planning to pursue. These goals will help me focus on improving my nursing skills and continuing my nursing education, so that no matter where I end up academically, I will have a strong and solid clinical foundation.

+1) Get certified. My hospital is offering review courses for Med-Surg certification. Even though oncology is my ultimate goal, the majority of our patients are medical and I figured getting my CMSRN would be a smart move. I just don’t think I’d qualify for oncology certification at this point.

+2) Get credentialed in chemo administration. My hospital requires a 2-day course and time at the infusion center shadowing and learning from the outpatient nurses. This is on the calendar for May.

+3) Pursue clinical ladder. I’ll submit my candidacy for the next level in the fall. This will give me a full year to continue developing my clinical skills, as well as participate in activities that will strengthen my application. I’ve volunteered as a “Superuser” for my hospital system as it migrates to a new electronic medical records system. Getting certified and chemo-credentialed will also help. And I’ll be taking classes in the summer on serving as a preceptor (we need six months of experience first).

Maybe it’s the CNL in me, but I am itching to both do my job better and challenge my workplace to do the same. 🙂

So my goals for 2013 are a little different from years past. But I’m excited to continue the conversation with you. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions, concerns or ideas for growing together!

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