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Suggestions for New Year Resolution for Nurses by Idowu Olabode : January 01, 2015, 04:20:00 PM
2015 is finally here and if you are reading this,it means you made it: Congratulations!

It is a norm for families and individuals around the world to establish goals they do hope to see come through each year; this is dubbed NEW YEAR RESOLUTION.

New year resolutions are commonly written down in order to monitor its progress and achievements. As many of us put pen to paper today for personal resolutions ,it's important to equally set goals that advance our professional developments. In case you are wondering what goals to set this year,I have offered some suggestions below:

1. Upgrade my education

The key to professional development is learning. Research findings have shown a positive correlation between higher education for nurses and reduction in patients' mortality rate. Seeking higher education benefits you,the profession and the society.

Got a diploma/certificate in Nursing? Enrol in BNSC program! OAU, LAUTECH,Ebonyi State University,BABCOCK and Bayero University, Kano all have part time Nursing degree program in different mode of study. This is in addition to almost/over 20 other universities offering full time Nursing degree program in the country.

Already have a BNSC/BSC Nursing degree? Why not look further into the possibility of getting a Masters degree. Masters degree? Start your PhD!

Like I wrote in one of my articles two years ago,the bottom ladder of Nursing profession in the country is so full but there are few people up there. Attaining higher feats in life does not come on a platter of gold;  you've got to make sacrifices!  Why not determine right now to defer present pleasure and ignore the present pains for future gains?

2. Get involved with professional Nursing organizations

Many nurses are quick to cast aspersions on union leaders yet  most of them run away from union activities. Nursing profession has the finest and brainest individuals but when it comes to professional association issues,they are no where to be found.

Part of your resolutions this year should be active participation in union matters at unit,state and national level.

Participating in union activities makes you stay relevant in the profession; helps develop your career and sharpens your leadership and political acumen.

3. Start/Continue your Research.

You and I know that there is no better way to develop the profession than to embark on research. Look around your area of practice; identify a problem and research the solution or in order to know more about it.

Don't know how to go about it? Find a mentor,ask your senior or junior whom you think knows better.  Form research team/partner.  A section has been created on for that purpose and we will be developing it in coming months.

Other things you might consider including in your new year resolutions include:

-Subscription to Nursing research journals (both hard copies and online)

-Subscription to online Nursing discussion forum such as Global Alliance for Nurses and Midwives,,International Council of Nursing network groups,HIFA2015 among others.

-Build a healthy work environment by relating positively with your professional colleagues and others.

- Care for others as you would like others to care for you.

-Stop eating the  younger Nurses.

-Lead by example and above all

- Listen! Listen!! Listen!!! Attentively to your patients.

Happy New year.

Idowu Olabode (RN, ASBA)
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Re: Suggestions for New Year Resolution for Nurses by Eniodunba : December 31, 2016, 10:28:28 AM
Wow. Thanks for this

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