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Spread the Joy!

We are in the eighth month of ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse, and the theme for this month is happiness. We encourage nurses to seek happiness both at work and at home.

You’ve come to the right place to access helpful tips, articles, webinars and resources to assist you in your pursuit of happiness, featuring content from ANA, our constituent and state nurses associations, affiliated nursing organizations, and related providers.

Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, 6.1, The Environment and Moral Virtue

The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements provides ethical guidance for all registered nurses in all settings and also provides guidance for the individual care of the nurse. In order to cultivate happiness, nurses must create, maintain, and contribute to a morally good environment. “Such a moral milieu fosters mutual caring, communication, dignity, generosity, kindness, moral equality, prudence, respect, and transparency.”

As we strive for a Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation™, nurses must be committed to creating an ethical environment of kindness to others including treating colleagues, coworkers, employees, students, and others with dignity and respect.


American Nurse Today articles

Laugh, nurse, laugh! Kara Theal, MA, BSN, RN-BC
Look for inspiration in your fellow nurses by William Rosa, MS, RN, LMT, AHN-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CCRN-CMC

ANA NursesBooks

Mindfulness and YOU: Being Present in Nursing Practice
Self-Care and You: Caring for the Caregiver
Soul of The Caring Nurse: Stories and Resources For Revitalizing Professional Passion

ANA Nursing Knowledge Center

Cultivating Mindfulness - Online Course

ANA Leadership Institute

Develop a Resilient Team (webinar)
Dealing with Fatigue: Strategies for Nurse Leaders - online course

Featured C/SNA

The Texas Nurses Association is the professional association of licensed nurses in Texas.

Practice Tip of the Week: Happiness  Courtesy of the Texas Nurses Association

ANA Collaborative Partners

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.

Self Care Tip Sheet – Whole health includes happiness

“Hug someone. Physical contact can reduce stress and release a hormone that boosts happiness. The best part of my day is when I get home and hug my dog.”

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.

Emotional Health & Well-Being by Carol E. Gutierrez, RN, MS, LMT, June 2017 Beginnings magazine. Article includes 1.1 CNE contact hours.

Additional Related Resources

“Happiness: The Evidence Behind the Emotion” by Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

A Reflective Journal for Busy People: 100 Affirmations of Health, Happiness, Prosperity, and Wisdom

by Gale Lyman, BSN, RN, HNB-BC

Thrive in Nursing: 6 Tips for Happiness in the Workplace, by Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Well-Being Concepts

The Science of Happiness - Infographic

International Happiness Day

Pledge to create more happiness in the world and listen to musician Pharrell’s talk to the UN General Assembly on Happiness Day 2015.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement - Joy in Work

The Hula Hoop Girl Self-Care for Nurses through Joy Replenishment

Restoring Joy in Nursing. Report highlighting collaborative work supported, in part, by ANA.

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