As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, so have nurses’ needs. The Foundation’s focus has progressed to the recovery phase, stretching beyond immediate relief to provide deeper support and healing for nurses as they process the full impact of all they risked and lost during the pandemic.
Listening to nurses
The Foundation’s Pulse on the Nation’s Nurses Survey Series solicited responses from more than 100,000 nurses nationwide on critical topics relating to the pandemic, their life-saving actions, and the impact on nurses’ well-being. This crucial frontline input helped us to assess nurses’ needs and provide solutions, and continues to guide our on-going development and direction of programs.
I’m doing well, and I’m glad I was able to get the vaccine. I have more knowledge and feel less anxious about the virus. Especially now that more people are getting the vaccine.
Dionne R., BSN, RN, CMSRN
Prioritizing mental well-being
As nurses move toward the stage of recovery, they need multifaceted support that promotes holistic mental health. The Foundation and its partners provide programs and tools to reduce burnout, boost resilience, and improve well-being.
- Writing for Resilience: This 5-week guided journaling exercise helps nurses process experiences.
- Gratitude Practice for Nurses: These tools and resources help nurses cultivate a personal gratitude practice or bring it to their team.
- A Nursing State of Mind: In this podcast series, two veteran nurses discuss coping mechanisms with practical ideas to renew energy, confidence, and passion for nursing.
Kelly W., RN, BSN, CMSRN, Clinical Nurse III
Working on a COVID unit at my hospital, I have experienced first-hand the many changes happening with nursing care. But throughout all the struggles of navigating nursing during this global health crisis, the support and unity among my coworkers continues to grow stronger. Knowing we are all in this together, working as a team to keep our patients safe, has been a constant source of comfort for me in these uncertain times.