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September 2017 Year of the Healthy Nurse - Balance & Recovery

Balance and Recovery
Find your inner balance

For the ninth month of ANA's Year of the Healthy Nurse the themes are work-life balance and recovery. No matter the challenges we face every day, we encourage all nurses to find and achieve fulfillment in their professional and personal lives. And as the nation confronts a devastating opioid drug crisis, nurses know that facing addiction and supporting recovery is a critical component of the care we deliver.

Join us this month in exploring best practices and new approaches to work-life balance and recovery. On our dedicated website you'll find helpful tips, articles, webinars, and resources from ANA, affiliated nursing organizations, and related providers.

Join the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge and share your success stories of unique ways to balance your work and life.

ANA Code of Ethics Tip - Caring for Oneself, and Each Other
The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements provides ethical guidance for all registered nurses in all settings, as well as guidance for the individual care of the nurse. Interpretive Statement 5.1 of the Code states that nurses should exhibit respect for the worth and dignity to all human beings, but this must also extend to oneself. Nurses must concern themselves with self-regarding duties including the "promotion of health and safety, preservation of wholeness of character and integrity, maintenance of competence, and continuation of personal and professional growth."

This includes identification of impaired practice of oneself or a colleague, including mental or physical illness, fatigue, substance use disorder, or personal circumstances. Interpretive Statement 3.6 states that nurses must "advocate for appropriate assistance, treatment, and access to fair institutional and legal processes" including compassionate support for the "return of individuals who have sought assistance and, after recovery are ready to resume professional duties."

Collaborative Partners

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines and guides emergency healthcare public policy. Additional information is available at

View ENA's press release on upcoming opioid sessions at their annual conference Sept. 13-16 in St. Louis, MO. Important sessions for nurses to effectively fight the opioid epidemic include:

  1. Opioid Addiction and Deaths Spiraling Out of Control
  2. ALTO I – Alternatives to Opioids – Intro to ALTO
  3. ALTO II – Alternatives to Opioids — ALTO Program Implementation
  4. Opioid Crisis and Information System Technology in the Emergency Department

Register now to attend these sessions

The National Association of School Nurses is the specialty nursing organization that promotes and protects the health of students.

The safe management of a student during a crisis at school is essential, including the response to drug-related emergencies. The role of the school nurse is also critical in preventing students from misusing opioids by providing 'valuable awareness and education on the dangers of prescribing drug misuse to K-12 students and their families'. Naloxone Use in the School Setting: The Role of the School Nurse (Adopted June 2015).

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a specialty nursing association that supports nursing practice focused on caring for the whole person, their mind, body, and spirit, to lead them to a healthier state of being.

Self-care is a core value for holistic nursing. 'Holistic nurses understand that in order to facilitate healing within others, they must undertake the process to become healed themselves and continue to work towards healing'. Learn more

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is a specialty nursing organization committed to the practice of psychiatric mental health nursing and the care of persons with mental disorders.

Recovery Guides, Kits & Tools

International Nurses Society on Addictions

The International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) is a professional specialty organization for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders. Please visit our website for more information and resources, including the resources highlighted below.

Webinar: Opioid Dependency: Facts & Figures: An illuminating webinar on decreasing opioid use and overdoses while still adequately controlling patient pain, led by William J. Lorman, JD, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN.
Position Paper: IntNSA, ENA Joint Position Statement - Substance Use among Nurses and Nursing Students authored by Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN (IntNSA), and Melanie Crowley, MSN, RN, CEN (ENA). A definitive, collaborative position statement effectively outlining the issue of substance use disorder (SUD) in the nursing profession, required education for nurses regarding SUD prevention, viewing SUD as a treatable disease, and the use of alternative-to-discipline programs when encountering nurses and nursing students with SUD.

Opioid Dependency: Facts and Figures (recorded webinar)

Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions

The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Pittsburgh, PA. IRETA helps people respond effectively to substance use and related problems. We:

Educate: We offer learning opportunities to professionals and students.
Evaluate: We measure behavioral health-related outcomes that lead to better practice.
Guide: We provide technical assistance and quality improvement to help improve outcomes.

Access related materials and resource via IRETA Blog