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Georgina Villarreal, MSN, RN 4376

Nurse creates wellness program built for health care professionals

Shining A Light On Nurses Who Came Before Us 4347

“By learning about the past, you come to understand the present, so you may make educated decisions about the future.”           Richelle Mead, American author  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 03/14/2023
Rowena Crooks-Jackson, LPN 4343

Nurse changes her lifestyle for the better to see her grandkids grow up

Managing The Impact Of Climate Change On Human Health 4340

Check out the news or social media, and you’ll see evidence of climate change causing extreme temperatures and adverse weather events. But climate change’s powerful impact on human health may not be so obvious — unless you work in health care.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 03/06/2023
Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN 4339

Nurse brings passion and optimism to environmental health issues

14+ Healthy Food Substitutions For More Mindful Meals 4338

Do you know much about the food you’re putting into your body? Like how processed it is and what kind of nutrients it contains? Do you choose certain foods simply because they taste good, or do you choose foods because of how healthy they are?  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 02/28/2023
Kelsee Lunsford, LPN 4331

Nurse lives a life powered by positivity

Why Nurses Should Take Advantage Of Free Lifestyle Medicine CME 4323

By Cody Stubbe, MSN, RN Cody Stubbe, RN, MSN, is a nursing instructor in Omaha, Nebraska, the co-leader of PCRM's Nurses Nutrition Network , a member of ACLM , the co-director of So Many Cooks in the Kitchen and So Many Kids in the Kitchen , a Food for Life Instructor , and is the president of Wholistcdish LLC.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 02/10/2023
Terri-Ann Kelly, PhD, RN, CPT 4322

Nurse Inspires Wellness With Her Videos

Ira Friddle, RN, BSN 4309

Nurse finds his work home after recovering from a major injury

Rachael Blankenship, RN 4308

Nurse’s Love for Travel Is the Key to Her Wellness  

Nurses, Get Better Sleep And Improve Your Heart Health 4307

Sleep may feel like a reward, especially after working a 12-hour shift. But it’s more than just a luxury. Sleep plays a critical role in how your body repairs itself and functions. Not getting enough can be detrimental to your health — particularly your heart health.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Rest 01/20/2023
Kirsten Knaebel, RN, BN, CPHQ 4306

Nurse finds balance with Ayurveda and yoga

Advocacy Spotlight: Enforcing Workplace Violence Prevention In Hospitals 4305

This fact sheet is brought to you by the Policy & Government Affairs department at the American Nurses Association - January 2023.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 01/19/2023
Brenda Lee Word-Williams, RN, BSN, CMSRN 4303

Nurse uses HNHN community to stay motivated and live healthy  

Sharon Puchalski, DNP, APN-C, WHNP-BC 4302

Nurse runs triathlons to stay healthy and support good causes

Tips For Talking To Patients About The Updated COVID-19 Booster 4296

NOTE:  COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccine information can change. For the most up-to-date guidelines, please visit the CDC page titled, “ Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters .” People want to put COVID-19 behind them. But while most COVID-related restrictions are gone, the virus is here for the foreseeable future.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 12/19/2022
Kyri Miller, RN 4289

Nurse adjusts lifestyle to lose more than 100 pounds

Navigating Implicit Bias As A Nurse 4288

As a nurse, you help others heal and stay healthy. But what if you realized your upbringing and life experiences might be causing you to treat some patients and coworkers differently? That kind of bias, called implicit or unconscious bias, is something that every nurse and every human being lives with — you may not even be aware of it. But it can impact the ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 11/30/2022
Joseph (Joe) Treimel 4287

Retired nurse continues beekeeping, running, cycling, and cooking to stay well

Varsha Singh DNP, APN, CT-CP, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAANP 4286

Nurse follows a prescription for self-care and promotes caring for the environment

Strategies For Preventing Diabetes & More 4277

More than 130 million American adults live with diabetes or prediabetes — and nurses help all those people prevent or manage diabetes. But knowing how to lower the risk of diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you’re taking those actions yourself.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 11/10/2022
Children Living With Obesity 4275

Authors:   Elizabeth Coleman, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC, Nursing Instructor &  Loretta T. Lee, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE, Associate Professor and  Department Vice Chair Family, Community & Health Systems at the UAB School of Nursing,  University of Alabama at Birmingham Ms. Coleman is pictured below.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 10/31/2022
Understanding Food Labels To Go Green And Eat Clean 4274

Have you ever stopped to read the nutrition labels on foods in the grocery store? Do you see words like humanely raised, grassfed, or cage-free? And if so, do you know what they mean?

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 10/31/2022
Sian Howells, BSN, RNC-OB 4271

In 2018 I did a Dry January, and it changed my relationship with alcohol forever. I had done plenty of health challenges that involved cutting back or eliminating alcohol before, but this time, the contrast between how I felt drinking and not drinking was too dramatic to be ignored. Over the years my medical problem list had been slowly increasing. I ...

How Nurses Can Engage Men In Preventive Care 4270

Men and women tend to take very different approaches to their health care. Women generally seek routine care for gynecology issues and childbearing. On the other hand, most men don’t typically have a pressing need for regular health care once they leave the pediatrician. But self-awareness and preventive action are essential in detecting many ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 10/17/2022
Core Strength: Fundamental For Nurses’ Health 4269

Nursing can have physical demands such as moving equipment, reaching, and hours-upon-hours on your feet. And at the center of it all (pun intended) is your core. 

The Power Of Camaraderie: How Socialization Strengthens Nurse Well-Being 4255

You know that emotion you get after an enjoyable, productive, or heart-warming conversation? Maybe it’s a feeling of satisfaction, contentedness, or joy. However you describe it, those emotions happen when we feel a connection to someone. And there’s no denying the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of social connectedness.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 10/03/2022
Nicole Vienneau MSN, RN, NC-BC 4254

Nurse puts good into the world by coaching others on self-care

Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN 4253

Ernest Grant, ANA President and #healthynurse, leads by example


Not Today, Flu is a collaboration between the American Nurses Association (ANA) and Sanofi . Its goal is to encourage everyone eligible 6 months and older to get their flu shot this upcoming season to help prevent the flu and flu related complications including  cardiovascular events, pneumonia, and hospitalizations. (4) 

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/28/2022
7 Ways To Encourage Breast Cancer Screening 4242

It’s no secret that screening can help find breast cancer at an early stage — when the chances for successfully treating the disease are the greatest. Unfortunately, those facts don’t always get passed on to patients, and many are reluctant to participate in breast cancer screening.  

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 09/28/2022
Katie Carroll, BSN, RN, CHC, CPT 4232

Nurse and wellness advocate prioritizes her own well-being so she can help others.  Katie Carroll, BSN, RN, CHC, CPT , is a staff nurse at Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health.

Shaquita Starks, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC 4213

Daily planning keeps nurse Shaquita Starks on track

Press Ganey 4212

Organization champions wellness through data, insights, and action

Aundrea Mills, RN, BSN, MHL 4211

Chief Nursing Officer practices what she preaches when it comes to wellness

Nurses Obesity Network (NON) 4208

Nurses Obesity Network aims to change the conversation about obesity, among nurses and across the nation

Help Your Patients Stay Vaccine Current During National Immunization Awareness Month 4207

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare professionals  to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 07/21/2022
Debunking 4 Common Hydration Myths 4206

Let’s talk about water. You know it’s a vital nutrient for every cell in your body. You know hydration plays a crucial role in health, like helping to regulate internal body temperature and lubricating joints. But how much of what you know about hydration is the truth? And how much is misinformation that’s been spread around society through social media ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 07/07/2022
Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN 4204

For #healthynurse Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, wellness is all about the 2 “M’s.”  

What You Can Do To Promote Antiracism At Work 4202

Racism is harming nurses, and it’s an ongoing problem. January results from a survey of over 5,600 nurses found that almost half of nurses say there’s a great deal of racism in nursing. Sixty-three percent of nurses surveyed have personally experienced an act of racism in the workplace, with the wrongdoers being either a peer (66%), a patient (63%), or a ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 06/16/2022
Melinda Taylor, DNP, BSN, CDP, AGNP-C 4184

Nurse creates a resiliency room as a resource for health care professionals With the right approach to self-care, nurses can buffer daily stress. That’s the idea #healthynurse Melinda Taylor pursued during her DNP project. Resilience is crucial for nurses who will inevitably face hardships and adversity on the job. However, it can be difficult for ...

R³ – The Renewal, Resilience, And Retention Of Maryland Nurses Initiative 4183

Organization boosts nurse resiliency with online learning lab We are pleased to shine the spotlight on R³ – the Resilient Nurses Initiative of Maryland . The R 3 team is providing a 3-part nursing faculty workshop series for its R 3 Faculty Champions from their partner schools of nursing. The goal is to prepare faculty to authentically deliver content ...

Try A New, Hydrating Recipe From Compass One Healthcare! 4181

You can hack your hydration in ways beyond drinking water. Experts recommend that 80% of fluid intake comes liquids.  However, the remaining amount may come from foods that you are already eating. Today, try one of these recipes loaded with refreshing, hydrating ingredients! Want to easily print these recipes? Download the recipes by clicking on the ...

Nurses Obesity Network Announcement Release: Leading Nursing Organizations Launch Coalition To Address  Challenges Of Obesity Within Nursing Community And Beyond 4165

 Date Issued: April 27 Nurses Obesity Network will engage, support, and activate nurses nationwide as patients living with obesity, caregivers, and advocates calling for better care across diverse communities. Washington, D.C. — In recognition of National Minority Health Month , members of the leading nurse advocacy organizations are joining ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Nutrition 05/03/2022
ANA Enterprise Wellness Committee 4163

Committee encourages employees to take advantage of available wellness opportunities We are pleased to shine the spotlight on the ANA Enterprise Wellness Committee. The committee is made up of 14 members with one common goal: The well-being of their colleagues. Each of them attends monthly meetings with an open mind and heart — and a willingness to ...

Grant Pignatiello, PhD, RN 4162

Nurse scientist prioritizes self-compassion and mindfulness for well-being

A Look Back At 5 Years Of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ 4161

On May 1, 2017, ANA Enterprise launched a bold, new program — The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge, now simply known as Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN). The goal of HNHN is to transform the health of our nation by first improving the health of its 4 million RNs. In the first 5 years, we’ve accomplished much more than we ever thought ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Quality of Life 04/28/2022
Infection Control Training: An Ongoing Necessity For Health Care Workers 4160

For nurses, infection control practices are nothing new. Nurses first learn about these policies and procedures in nursing school. And they routinely follow the practices at work. But that doesn’t mean every nurse follows infection control procedures consistently and confidently. The COVID-19 pandemic raised the level of concern for i nfection ...

Added by Holly E Carpenter, RN, BSN Blog Safety 04/25/2022



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Rest breaks and healthy sleep are not only restorative - but are key to your health and to providing safe patient care. This domain addresses strategies and guidelines for restorative sleep, workplace breaks and napping, and managing shift work.

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Your work, home life, family, and other commitments frequently compete for your time and attention. This domain focuses on the elements that improve the quality and balance of your life including your physical, financial, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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Nurses are often on their feet all day but fall short of recommended national guidelines for physical exercise. This domain includes strategies for overcoming barriers for guidelines and meeting exercise guidelines.

It isn't easy to find time for healthy eating. On average, nurses consume less fruits, veggies, and whole grains than other Americans. This domain covers recommended guidelines for dietary health, managing diet at work, and overcoming barriers to nutrition.

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The nature and stresses of the nursing profession can take a toll on your mental health. This domain deals with your psychological affect and health. Mental wellbeing practices, stress relief resources, and personal stories are just some of the assets included here.

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Mental Health Series, powered by Capella University 38

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Recent Comments

Yayyyyyyyyy YOU!  Great Work!

Agreed! I am a busy mom and School Nurse and I can't tell you how much I enjoy a walk in the park or a few minutes alone on the patio listening to windchimes. We simply cannot pour from an" empty cup".

Hi Rowena. My motivation is staying fit, looking fit, and motivating others to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. AMEN!

@Demonmutt74 I don't know if you already do this, but really try to make your commute time your own. When I had a long commute, I ended up loving that time for myself. I would get books on tape for the car (listened to all of Game of Thrones hah), made a bunch of different playlists for different moods/styles of music, or figured out which friends/family would b...

I did the standing calf raises, the push ups and took the stairs between documenting on patients.