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In recognizing a necessity to support the mental wellbeing and resilience of nurses, the American Nurses Foundation partnered with organizations to develop a comprehensive mental well-being program that includes virtual support systems and a digital toolkit to support the near and long-term needs of America’s four million nurses. Click the button below to learn more about the well-being initiative.

Well-being Initiative

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses experienced extraordinary levels of stress in their day-to-day work. Early research of health care workers in Wuhan, China found that nurses experienced higher likelihood of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress than other health care workers in hospitals. We can expect the same impact on nurses working with COVID-19 patients in the U.S. It's all too apparent you need as much mental health and wellbeing support as possible.

In response, the Foundation has launched The Well-Being Initiative, in partnership with American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the Emergency Nurses Association. The Initiative offers responsive and preventative resources to support your mental health and resilience, including virtual support systems, a curated digital toolkit, and expressions of gratitude. 

Our virtual support system includes opportunities to connect in peer-to-peer conversations, in one-on-one warmline calls, and through narrative expressive writing with feedback provided from trained responders. The digital toolkit includes the best and most relevant video. audio and visual content and the impact it has on yours and all nurses' well-being. The Fund will also focus on identifying and providing you and all nurses with meaningful expressions of gratitude - from your peers, patients, and general public. 

To learn access resources provided by The Well-Being Initiative, visit here.

At the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity golfing event, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson won a total of $1.85 million for the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses, through the generosity of UnitedHealth Group's sponsorship. During the May 17 game, this video was aired.


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