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The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge (HNHN GC), is a social movement designed to transform the health of the nation by supporting nurses to take positive action to improve health.

The HNHN GC will:

  • Broadly connect and engage individual nurses and partner organizations to take action within five focus areas: physical activity, sleep, nutrition, quality of life, and safety.
  • Provide 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.

Join the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge!

One who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional wellbeing

ANA definition of a healthy nurse.

A healthier you means healthier patients

Just think, if all 4 million 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.

Key areas of nurse wellbeing

Physical health is just one facet of good living. The following resources provide recommendations on how nurses can be their healthiest self, with a balanced lifestyle.

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.

Read ANA’s Health Risk Appraisal

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