Reflect Back and Reward Yourself — You Are a Nurse, You Make a Difference!

As 2013 comes to a close in the next 12 days, it’s time to reflect back on the year and find joy and rewards in the care you have given your patients. Take credit for making a difference is someone’s life. Feel honored and respected and appreciated even though there may have been few “Thank You’s” or little recognition of your efforts. This is part of being a nurse. More often than not, we don’t see our patients through to the ultimate outcome of their illness or injury. They are long gone from our care when they feel better and would express appreciation. Nurses make their own rewards.


I’m not a believer in making New Year’s Resolutions because all too frequently they set us up to fail.  I would rather set new measurable goals with baby step milestones so I can reward myself for accomplishing them, or to reevaluate and change direction if needed.

I also think it’s terribly important to reflect back on time as it passes and basque in the love and the joy life brings us each day. Take things one month at a time and realize what you have accomplished. Set new goals to continue on that path or even find new paths to excel at what you do best.

Take time to smell the roses and the coffee. Live in the moment and thrive on the primary foods of your life. You will be happier, healthier and wiser. What better gifts for the New Year?

Slow down and enjoy the holidays and welcome in a new year with renewed energy and vitality.