Self-Reflection in Nursing: 4 Tips for Holiday Inspiration

Last Updated on December 27, 2023

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Looking for some holiday inspiration? While it’s true that staying motivated during this busy time of year is important, it can also be tough. One of the best ways to stay healthy in an emotional, mental, and even physical way is to practice self-reflection in nursing. And to help celebrate this year’s holiday season, here are a few ways to do just that!

Why Is Self-Reflection in Nursing Important?

The holiday season is a time for celebration and giving back to our communities. But for busy nurses, finding the space to do all of that can be a real challenge. Even those who don’t have to work over the holidays may find themselves dealing with busy shifts and emotional stress. And one proven way to deal with that stress is to practice self-reflection.

From keeping track of your goals to practicing basic self-care, self-reflection in nursing helps you focus on what’s important. It means understanding what motivates you to show up every day and do your very best.

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Achieving Self-Reflection in Nursing During the Holidays

And to help provide some inspiration, rejuvenation, and guidance going into the New Year, we checked in with some CareerStaff nurses and CNAs to find out what motivates them — not just during the holiday season but all throughout the year. From self-care to helping out in the community, here’s what they had to say!

#1: Practice Self-Care

When it comes to self-reflection in nursing, think on how you can promote self-care. Nursing self-care can make a huge difference for your daily wellbeing, especially during the holidays. Having a career dedicated to caring for others, many nurses and clinicians deal with burnout and compassion fatigue on a regular basis. And since the pandemic, that risk has only grown.

Practicing self-care is a great way to help keep yourself centered — not just when you’re feeling especially busy or stressed out, but all throughout the year. Some ways that CareerStaff nurses recommended practicing self-care includes:

  • Practice meditation, prayer, and yoga
  • Eat healthy, get rest, sleep well
  • Breathe!
  • Focus on patience and kindness
  • Connect with loved ones: enjoy the holidays, the inspiration, and togetherness it brings
  • Don’t overdo it or get frustrated — practice positive quotes and affirmations: the day will always move on”
  • Try to pace yourself, and don’t take on more than you can handle

“Self-care is key to health and success,” as CareerStaff network nurse Karla L. told us. “You need to take care of yourself so that you can efficiently take care of others.”

#2: Practicing Self-Development

Self-development and self-reflection in nursing go hand-in-hand. When you stay focused on your personal development, you stay motivated for the job you do every day. Obtaining new skills offers inspiration for the future and can even open the door to new jobs — and more pay!

During the holidays, self-reflect on who or what inspired your career in nursing. If you have dreams of moving up in the nursing world, or onto other healthcare jobs, take fellow CareerStaff nurse Heather Q’s advice: “Do it!!” she says.

In nursing you are ALWAYS learning and it’s never too late. I went to nursing school at 47 years old after raising seven kids.

Self-reflect on options like professional development and continuing education (CE) classes. This can help you earn new certifications, which can help you land better jobs in the future. Plus, it might be required to stay licensed in your home state.

Additionally, working as a travel nurse can also help you in your path to self-development. When you take a job in a facility that needs travel nurses, you might find better opportunities than what’s available where you live. And in the process, you can also learn skills to help you land your dream job when you return home.

#3: Setting and Pursing Nursing Goals

Goal setting is another important part of self-development. “I would recommend to set a long term goal, take the necessary steps to pursue that goal, and accomplish them one at a time, always keeping the big picture in mind,” advises Dana D.

With the new year approaching, the holidays mark an opportunity to outline your goals with a nursing vision board. Some other great self-development tips from CareerStaff nurses include:

  • Never miss an opportunity to gain experience
  • “Don’t be afraid — take risks and try new things”
  • Have patience and listen to others
  • Stay up to date and don’t resist learning new methods or tech
  • “Never give up on your dreams”

#4: Find a Cause to Support

In nursing, self-reflect on how you can make a difference. Especially during the holidays, there is a cornucopia of inspiration to make a difference beyond the bedside. “Volunteering is absolutely essential” for successful self-reflection in nursing, says Dorothy G. “I worked doing home health for special needs children prior to traveling. Special needs hold a special part in my life.”

Other nurses and CNAs in the CareerStaff network agree! They told us that volunteering helps them open doors to new opportunities and “rejuvenate your love of helping people.” It can make you more well-rounded and open the doors to new opportunities.

If you’re not sure where to begin, some of the causes our nurses recommend include:

  • Cancer and oncology organizations
  • Children’s hospitals and special needs providers
  • Your local church
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Mental health organizations
  • Nursing Organizations
  • Environmental causes
  • Helping the homeless, including donating clothes and shoes
  • Adult education at local community colleges
  • Charities that help veterans

Get involved year-round and during the holidays! “Volunteering is so important to give back to the community and others around you,” says nurse Heather K. “It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth.”

Career Support You Need for Self-Reflection in Nursing

Happy Holidays from CareerStaff Unlimited! Here at CareerStaff, we’re proud to provide the support that busy nurses need to be their very best through holiday inspiration and nursing career opportunities, too. And that’s why we offer not only the industry’s best jobs, but also great benefits and full support from our award-winning team of recruitment professionals.

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