The start of the new year is a great time to set goals and go after what you want. In fact, many people will be hitting the gym or swapping their sweet treats for veggies to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. But a new year is also a great time to work on your career development. If you’re a nurse traveler, you can advance your career and make 2017 your best year yet.
Before you set professional goals for the upcoming year, think about what you hope to achieve. For instance, do you dream of a nursing assignment in Miami or is expanding your skills more important than your location? Setting goals will help you stay excited about your career throughout the year. Goal setting also provides a direction and path to follow. But don’t just set goals; write them down. Studies indicate that writing down goals increases your chances of achieving them.
Expand Your Horizons
Don’t limit yourself. When you consider your goals, don’t be afraid to think big. If you think something is unachievable, you might limit yourself before you even give it a try. If you are considering returning to school to become a nurse practitioner, go for it! Don’t sell yourself short. Having a positive attitude and believing in yourself goes a long way in helping you reach your goals.
Now that you have an idea of what you want to accomplish in your travel career, consider if you’re ready. It’s not always easy to take an honest look at yourself. But taking stock of your skills, attitude, and abilities may help you figure out what direction you want you nursing career to move. It’s also equally important to be honest with yourself about what skills you lack and what techniques you need to work on. Determining what you need to improve on and evaluating your competencies helps you develop a clear objective for the new year.
Develop a Plan
Many people set New Year’s resolutions, and unfortunately fail to keep them. Some resolutions may not stick because there is not a plan in place to achieve the goals. Having a clear plan is one of the keys to success. Break your goals down into smaller realistic steps. If you want to land a travel nursing job working in the emergency room at a large trauma center, consider what you need to do. Make a list of the certifications and steps that should be taken to reach your goal and make those happen! Check each item off your list, which may help you stay motivated.
Stay the Course
Reaching your goals is not always a straight shot. Sometimes there may be detours along the way. If you have a setback or get sidetracked, try not to get discouraged. Every step may not go smoothly. But missteps don’t have to derail your plans. Instead, learn from your mistakes and stay the course. Perseverance is essential to achieving your goals.