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Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation®

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On May 1, 2017, the American Nurses Association Enterprise (ANAE) launched Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation® -- a program designed to improve the health of the Nation's nurses, one nurse at a time, by engaging individual nurses and partner organizations to take action within six domains: physical activity, rest, nutrition, quality of life, safety, and mental health. As one of the most trusted professions, nurses have enormous potential to lead health care change as role models, advocates, and educators.

Nurses support patients to live life to the fullest, and they deserve the same privilege. ANA believes that nurse wellbeing must be safeguarded, and that ill-health should not be an inevitable by-product of dedicated nursing practice. A healthy nurse lives life to the fullest capacity, across the wellness/illness continuum, as they become stronger role models, advocates, and educators; personally, for their families, their communities and work environments, and ultimately for their patients.


Read the article Trends in Mental Health Indicators Among Nurses Participating in Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation from 2017 to 2021

Access the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation® 5-year report

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What is a healthy nurse? A healthy nurse is one who prioritizes striving toward positive physical, mental, social, environmental, and professional well-being.

About Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation®

HNHN is a program designed to transform the health of the nation by supporting nurses to take positive action to improve their health as the program:

  • Broadly connects and engages individual nurses and partner organizations to take action within six focus areas: mental health, physical activity, sleep, nutrition, quality of life, and safety.
  • Provides a web platform to inspire action; cultivate friendly competition; provide content and resources to nurses; gather data; and connect nurses with each other, employers, and organizations.

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A healthier you means healthier patients

Just think, if all registered nurses increase their personal wellness and support some of their family, community, co-workers, and patients to do the same, what a healthier world we would live in.

Research and resources on nurse health

The key findings of ANA’s Health Risk Appraisal show that we need to take action to improve the health of the nation’s nurses. The report shows that in several key indicators, the health of U.S. nurses is often worse than that of the average American.

Nurses are often overweight, have higher levels of stress and get less sleep than the average American. Because health care delivery requires 24/7 support, the demands of shift work exacerbate the health of nurses. In addition, hazards such as workplace violence and musculoskeletal injuries are contributing factors to poorer health.

ANA Enterprise Nurse Wellness Resources

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National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity’s Healthy Meeting Toolkit

Transform your meetings with the principles of nutrition and activity, promoting health in every gathering.

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Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System

Dive into the core principles that define and drive a healthy, sustainable food system for all.

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ANA's Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence Resources

Essential resources and strategies to combat incivility, bullying, and violence in the nursing workplace.

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Nursing and Immunization

Highlighting the pivotal role of nursing in the promotion and delivery of immunizations for community health.

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ANA's Environmental Health Resources

Equip yourself with key resources to understand and advocate for environmental health in nursing practice.

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ANA's Sharps Injury Prevention Resources

Vital strategies and resources to prevent sharps injuries and enhance safety in the nursing environment.

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What Is Nurse Burnout?

An exploration into the causes, symptoms, and impacts of nurse burnout, and why it matters.

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Tips For Surviving The Night Shift

Practical advice and strategies to help nurses thrive and stay healthy while working the night shift.

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Nurse Schedules: Pros & Cons of 12-Hour Shifts

A comprehensive look at the advantages and challenges of 12-hour shifts for nurses.

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Safety Strategies Every Nurse Leader Needs to Know

Key strategies for nurse leaders to ensure safety and promote a positive work environment.

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Nurse Retention Strategies: How to Combat Nurse Turnover

Effective strategies and insights to address nurse turnover and enhance retention in healthcare settings.

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Well-Being Initiative

Discover helpful resources that focus on caring for nurses as they tirelessly care for others.

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Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience

Find general information and reference resources on nurse suicide and suicide prevention.

Additional Resources

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NIH's Rethinking Drinking, an Evidence-based Resource on Alcohol and Health

A critical look at alcohol consumption with evidence-based insights to inform and guide healthier choices.

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American Cancer Society - Stay Healthy

Guidance and resources from the American Cancer Society to help individuals stay healthy and reduce cancer risk.

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The American Holistic Nurses Association’s Self-Care & Resilience toolkits

Discover the benefits of breathwork, muscle relaxation, centering, forest guided imagery and more.

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Nurses Obesity Network

Committed to changing the way we view, treat, and advance care for people living with obesity — including members of our own nursing profession.

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NIOSH Total Worker Health® Program

Learn about policies, programs, and practices to promote injury and illness-prevention efforts, and to advance worker well-being.

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National Academy of Medicine’s National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being

A collective action to strengthen the health workforce well-being and restore the health of the nation.

On May 1, 2017, ANA launched Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation®, an ongoing national movement designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of the nation’s registered nurses

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