Idea: How to Help Nurses Get Healthier

In spite of their critical role in healthcare, RNs are actually less healthy than the average American. And that is saying something. Research shows that nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress, and get less sleep.

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation

Improving those statistics was the driver behind the American Nurses Association's "HEALTHY NURSE, HEALTHY NATION™" intiative.

The initiative focuses on five aspects of overall well-being

  • Activity
  • Nutrition
  • Rest
  • Quality of Life
  • Safety

Nurses are asked to register for the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Challenge.

The Challenge begins with an online health assessment, asks RNs to commit to achievable goals, connects them with fellow RNs on the same path, and then asks for a progress check-in after a year.

Healthcare employers, as a key part of the program, and are also encouraged to participate as partners. This can be anything – healthier offerings at the cafeteria, lunchtime fitness competitions, workplace napping programs, improved patient safety plans.

Established travel nursing agencies, staffed by knowledgeable recruiters, will be able to steer you toward assignments that can help you achieve your self-health goals. Are you looking for a location that presents opportunities to relax and tune into nature on your days off? Maybe a location like New Mexico should be prescribed. Looking for opportunities to work healthy hikes or bike rides into your schedule? We recommend travel nursing jobs in San Francisco and Tallahassee. Would working close to extended family members or long-lost friends improve your quality of life? Let us know and we'll do what we can to get you there.

Nursing can be a stressful profession, and the journey to health is not always a straight line. Just remember, when you are feeling well, you'll function better with your family, your friends -- and your patients. Let us know what we can do to help.