Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Are you scrambling to shop, clean and bake as you also worry about a postoperative patient and being on call tomorrow?
You are not alone, and you CAN do it all IF you have the right mindset, reassures Phyllis Quinlan, PhD, RN-BC, a practicing nurse and professional coach known to the nursing community as Dr. Phyllis.
She says the hustle and bustle of the holidays provide the perfect time for nurses to hone their multi-tasking skills and plan their goals for the year ahead. “The key is to be present in all that you do by creating ‘day-tight compartments,’” a strategy she attributes to the late life-improvement coach Dale Carnegie.
“Wake up in the morning preparing for your first task at hand, such as getting the kids off to school and be completely present and joyful in that moment. When that part of your day is over, transfer yourself completely to the next task,” she explains, noting “don’t let multiple tasks overlap or you will feel wiped out and be less efficient in every ‘compartment’ of your day.”
THRIVE THROUGH HECTIC HOLIDAYS
Dr. Phyllis offers four strategies for making time to focus on the joy of the holiday season:
1. Have realistic expectations
3. Plan ahead
4. Focus on people
MAKE PROFESSIONAL GOALS FOR 2015
Take time as the year comes to an end to think about yourself and your professional goals for next year, Dr. Phyllis suggests, noting “2015 should be the year of you!”
She suggests three considerations for perioperative nurses setting 2015 career goals, depending on career stage:
Are you prepared for retirement? (age 55+):
Start making a plan for aging gracefully in your job. Perhaps you can transition to less physically taxing work in the perioperative field, such as education. You may also want to consider work in another nursing field you can age into.
Are you ready for your next career move? (age 50 and under):
Are you a team player? (any career stage)
Consider creating collaborative care councils or initiate a quality care initiative with surgical team colleagues. If you have issues within your team, seek the advice of human resources to mediate discussions. Welcome 2015 as a year of opportunity to become a solid team and you will find that the work itself will become so much easier.
BE A BETTER YOU
Get empowered, energized and motivated at AORN’s annual conference, March 7–11.
Use the holidays to honor your team members, help them grow, and help yourself find new ways to lead.