10 New Year's Resolutions for Nurses

Creating nursing New Year's resolutions is a great way to kick off the New Year with a positive mindset. New Year's resolutions give you something to look forward to as you plot your professional and personal development for the coming year. Do you have yours?

10 New Year's Resolutions for Nurses

Read through the following suggestions of nursing-related New Year's resolutions for inspiration.

Taking care of yourself should be a must

You're probably worn out by 2022. There needs to be a shift in your behavior, as you have likely been putting in extra hours and caring for others at your expense. You can't keep going on like that forever;  it's time to put yourself first. Explore healthy means of relieving stress, make dietary improvements, and get to bed at a more reasonable hour. Regaining your energy will improve every aspect of your life, from personal relationships to patient care.

Invest in your professional future

You, as a nurse with aspirations for advancement, know the value of a steady work schedule. Perhaps you had to put these plans on hold last year, but now is the time to get back on track. This may necessitate obtaining an additional credential or going back to school for an advanced degree. You're worth the investment of time, money, or both that this will require.

Get better at something new every day

While it takes years to become a nurse, once you're working in your field it's easy to get into a rut. You should challenge yourself to gain some new knowledge every day. Studying the most recent medical research or getting familiar with a brand-new piece of equipment are both examples of this. 

Find a better work-life balance

If you're serious about making a change in your professional life, this is the most important resolution you could make. However, it is crucial that nurses find a work-life balance. Overworking can lead to burnout, which can compromise the quality of care you provide to your patients. Most of these goals are aimed at reducing burnout, but nurses should also take the initiative to improve their work-life balance. Identifying the warning signs of burnout is the first step. Whenever exhaustion sets in, it is important to give yourself time to recover. Spend time relaxing, reconnecting, and realigning your priorities. If you want to strike a good balance, it's important to assess your level of burnout on a regular basis.

Keep abreast of current legislation

It is important to be aware of the fact that state and federal regulations governing nursing practice are subject to frequent updates and revisions. Keep up with current events, legislation, and technological developments as much as possible next year. To stay abreast of developments in the nursing profession, you may wish to add this page on state legislation as a bookmark, create Google alerts for email notifications on topics related to nursing, or subscribe to nursing publications.

Be current on cutting-edge tech

The healthcare IT industry is making rapid strides in developing new software and devices. Nurses, if they want to keep up, must actively seek out new information. Improved nursing care, better teamwork and communication, and safer patient data storage are all possible thanks to today's cutting-edge technologies. The hardware and software used in each establishment are, however, unique. As such, the ability to learn and use new technologies is essential for nurses.

Get away from TV and social to spend more time on your own

In the last few years, social media has evolved into a parasite, robbing users of their time, energy, and relationships with others. A good night's sleep is crucial in the healthcare industry, but staring at a screen for too long can disrupt normal sleep patterns.

Develop a hobby

While dedication to one's work is essential, it's also helpful to have something to do in one's spare time that is completely unrelated to it. Having a constructive hobby outside of work, such as coaching a youth sports team or making arts and crafts, can be very beneficial.

Take lessons from 2022

Another resolution for the New Year is to stop repeating the same errors. Whatever they were, accepting them and moving forward with open eyes and a full heart is crucial.

Try to see the bright side

A cheery disposition is one of the surest ways to get noticed. There's no escaping it. When someone upbeat and optimistic walks into a room, the mood instantly lifts. Maintain a cheerful outlook, if only for the time being.


Here are our top 10 New Year's resolutions for nurses as we enter 2023. Tell us about the changes you plan to make in the New Year.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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