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National Nurses Week

Every May, ANA celebrates and brings awareness to the many contributions that nurses make to our nation. As the most trusted profession for 15 years straight, nurses continue to be a vital part of our nation's healthcare system. "Every day, millions of nurses are on the front lines in the fight to improve the health of all Americans," said Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association.

Join us during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as we explore this year's theme,"Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit." It's all about celebrating nurses like you who lead the charge for health and wellness. This year nurses can take advantage of a National Nurses Week branded resource toolkit, a free webinar entitled, "A Nurse's Guide to preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout", a special NNW edition of #Fitnursefriday5K and an exclusive NNW e-store.

Consider giving the gift of continuing nursing education (CNE). For more information on group sales for either the live webinar event being held on May 10th or recorded webinar, please contact

To learn more about National Nurses Week and how you can make the most out of your celebration visit the NNW website.

National Women's Health Week

ANA's knows that most of the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses are women, and it is important for them to care for their own health and that of their patients. This month, ANA is supporting National Women's Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health that empowers women to make their health a priority. The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017.

During the week, ANA will share information and resources on topics such as breast health, cervical cancer, menopause, pregnancy, and much more. Nurses can participate in National Women's Health Week by spreading the word through social media using #NWHW, taking the National Women's Health Week quiz to learn about their health style, and organizing events and activities to celebrate the observance. To learn more about National Women's Health Week and to gain access to resources and tools, visit the ANA website and National Women's Health Week website.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Ready, Sweat, Go! A healthy nurse lives life to the fullest capacity, across the wellness/illness continuum. An important part of that is staying active and this month ANA is spreading the word about the benefits of physical fitness by celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Whether you walk, jog, or run, this May nurses across the country will take steps toward better health for themselves and their patients. By motivating their colleagues to make physical activity a part of every day or encouraging their patients to make small changes to stay active, nurses have a major responsibility to make a difference. Just think, if all 3.6 million registered nurses increase their physical activity and that of just some of their family, community, co-workers and patients, what a healthier world we would live in! To learn more about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month visit the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.


Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout® App
Johnson & Johnson knows that nurses are busy – and are often too busy caring for others to prioritize their own health and wellbeing. It’s imperative that nurses make their own health a priority so they can continue to deliver the best care possible to their patients. The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout® App is a fast, simple, science-based way to incorporate exercise into the day – can be done anywhere, anytime. Designed by Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, the workout has helped millions the make the most out of every minute.

Download app at iTunes  Download at the Google Play Store

Disclaimer: Before starting or changing an exercise routine, talk with your health care provider about how much and what kind of physical activity is safe for you. To learn how to perform each exercise safely and effectively, click Learn the Exercises from the Main Menu.

Code of Ethics for Nurses Monthly Tip
The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements guides nurses in everyday practice in all settings. Interpretive Statement 5.2 of the Code states that"Fatigue and compassion fatigue affect a nurse's professional performance and personal life. To mitigate these effects, nurses should eat a healthy diet, exercise, get sufficient rest, maintain family and personal relationships, engage in adequate leisure and recreational activities, and attend to spiritual or religious needs." Nursing can be a fast-paced and demanding profession, but"nurses in all roles should seek this balance, and it is the responsibility of nurse leaders to foster this balance within their organizations."

This webpage offers exercise and fitness information and is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice. You should consult your health care provider before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs.

Partner Spotlight

The Missouri Nurses Association, a constituent/state nurses association of the American Nurses Association, is a unified voice for the nurses of Missouri. They hosted a ShowMe Healthy Nurses 5K on May 6, 2017 in honor of National Nurses Week. 

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