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    #healthynurse International Spotlight on Amy Benn, RN
    Amy is a nurse from Australia.  She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (ICU), a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness, and is a Level 3 Metabolic Nutritionist.  She is currently studying her Meditation Teacher Training.  Below is her story: I became very health conscious at age 14, after my diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, I was incredibly ... more
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    Jocelyn Espejo
    Art begins with a thought and a sacred space I was skinny, quiet and my mind wondered constantly. I was given a certificate as the “Most Behaved” student in first grade. I gave my teacher a drawing of a rose and in her excitement, she hugged the drawing to her chest and proudly showed it in class. I was stunned and embarrassed.  I ran home crying and swearing ... more
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    Mary Ellen Levine
    We are pleased to shine the #healthynurse Spotlight on Mary Ellen Levine, MSN/Ed, RN CPHN . While helping her dog lose weight, Mary Ellen took a hard look at her own health.  Although her dog has now passed, Mary Ellen maintains her exercise and good nutrition regimen, as well as active HNHN participation. My name is Mary Ellen Levine and I’m from New ... more
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    HNHN Celebrates 1st Pilot Celebration With Champion Partner MUSC Health
    On October 9 at Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health celebrated the successful completion of the first ever Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Simply to Go Nutrition Pilot, supported by Sodexo. MUSC Health nurses have improved their nutritional health by tripling their daily consumption of fruits and ... more
  • Lisa Ertle
    Lisa Ertle
    We are pleased to shine the #healthynurse spotlight on Lisa Ertle, BA, RN .  Lisa’s wellness plan enhances her quality of life with spiritual and philanthropic components, as well as studying Mandarin! I have always loved that famous quote from Aunty Mame: “Life’s a banquet and some poor suckers are starving to death!” I believe there is so much to be ... more
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    Alexa Blake
    For as long as I can remember I have struggled with my weight. Though, unknowingly I was fighting the voice inside myself, more than I was battling the scale. My striving to be perfect every time I tried, continually failed me. Nursing school is where everything came together for me, and my journey to better health began. Education was the key to my success ... more
  • Dionne Allen
    Dionne Allen
    HNHN is pleased to shine the spotlight on Dionne Allen .  As an active HNHN Facebook group member, Dionne motivates co-workers and others to join her in hiking and skiing. I love that Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation is a concept!  It may be long overdue, but glad it is here and that so many nurses participate to encourage and share how they stay healthy or ... more
  • Jeanne Harris
    Jeanne Harris
    We are pleased to shine the #healthynurse spotlight on Jeanne Harris, BSN, RN .  Through an amazing fitness journey, Jeanne lost weight and is now a certified Zumba and yoga instructor. My name is Jeanne Harris, I live in Pensacola Florida and am a Registered Nurse at Baptist Hospital 4 West, Cardiac for the last 12 years and co-chair The Health and ... more
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    Tracey Jaworski-Lucas
    We are pleased to shine the #healthynurse Spotlight on Tracey Jaworski-Lucas, BSN, RN .  The emotional and spiritual demands of nursing caught Tracy by surprise.  Read on to discover how she nurtures that part of herself to combat burnout. I have known that I wanted to be a nurse since the first grade. When I began my RN career at forty-three, I couldn’t ... more
  • Kiki Magno MSN, RN, BC
    Kiki Magno
    We are pleased to shine the #healthynurse Spotlight on Kiki Magno, MSN, RN, BC . To me, self–care is primary care. It has always been at the forefront of my mind. I have a continued passion for integrating holistic and complimentary practices into my daily regime. I have an evening routine as my day unwinds. I listen to calming music, mostly sounds of ... more
  • Mary Alice Anderson
    Mary Alice Anderson
    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) started around the time when I started lifting weights. Because of my trainer and a new online nursing support system, I didn't feel alone. Suddenly I had people around me who were dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, not just drinking every weekend. When I got into a new routine of meal prepping and made ... more
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    Jenell Steele
    We are pleased to shine the #healthynurse Spotlight on Jenell Steele, BSN, RN .  When Jenell realized she was not always practicing what she was preaching, she made several healthy changes to her lifestyle.   As nurses, we do a great job managing the health outcomes of other people, less than stellar for ourselves! Most of us think we have time; we will ... more
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    Kimberley Smith
    We are proud to shine the #HealthyNurse Spotlight on Kimberley Smith, RNC, BSN . A frequent poster on our private Facebook group, Kimberley has been focusing on fueling her body with better nutrition, not for weight loss, but for energy. Read more about Kimberley below as she shares what she enjoys about HNHN.  After 33 years of preaching health ... more
  • Dr. Charlene Moske-Weber
    Dr. Charlene Moske-Weber
    This week we are proud to shine the #HealthyNurse Spotlight on Dr. Charlene Moske-Weber . As a longtime advocate for health and wellness among nurses, I am thrilled to be part of the American Nurses Association’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) initiative. As a nurse educator, I am concerned about the disconnect that exists between nursing’s ... more
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    Christian R. Schreckhise
    This week’s #HealthyNurse Spotlight is on Christian R. Schreckhise . Christian is a student at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Nursing and is also the SNAP Public Relations Chair.  See his spotlight below on how even as a very busy nursing student, he keeps healthy. My role with HNHN is to help facilitate activity amongst our members, ... more
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    Rochelle “Shelly” Anderson-Doyley
    We are proud to shine the #HealthyNurse Spotlight on Rochelle “Shelly” Anderson-Doyley ! Shelly is a top poster in our Facebook community with her daily walking regimen.  A real community asset, Shelly inspires others in their nutrition or physical activity commitments through comments and photos.   Shelly tells us, “I enjoy walking early ... more
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    Swardiq “Q” Mayanja
    We are proud to shine the #HealthyNurse Spotlight on Swardiq “Q” Mayanja . Q is a “nurse by day and host of the 'Everyday Hero' show by night.” His wellness journey centers on finding his personal joy in the nursing profession AND having a fulfilling side gig where he often shows gratitude for heroes overlooked by the public. Read his story below. My name is ... more
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    Daisy Molina
    We are proud to shine the #HealthyNurse Spotlight on  Daisy Molina ‍ , MSN-Ed, RNC-LRN, CLS, CIME .   Daisy discovered her way to better health through a weight management program.  She now feels empowered to take on any challenge that comes her way.  Read more about how she discovered balance, consistency, and sustainability in her diet and attitude ... more
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    Julie David
    We are proud to shine the #HealthyNurse Spotlight on Julie R. David, MSN, ARNP, ANP-BC .   I am a mother of 2 preschool and school-age little girls, who works full-time as the Magnet Project Director in my organization. I am blessed having my girls despite a difficult first pregnancy at an advanced maternal age (AMA -pregnancy above 35 years old). It was ... more
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    Toni Scott
    This week, we are pleased to shine the spotlight on Toni Scott, MSN, CYT and founder of Yogatones. Below is peek at her wellness journey: As a former burnt out nurse, and now a yoga and mindfulness provider, this challenge lies deep within my heart, beliefs, and work. It supports my personal and professional mission of providing nurses with inspiration ... more
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    Heather Lapides
    This week, we are pleased to shine the spotlight on Heather Lapides, RN, BSN, NC-BC . The single best thing I have done to become a happier, healthier nurse was to become a Transformative Nurse Coach. After working in the ICU for years, I was spiraling towards burnout and thinking of leaving nursing all together. Since becoming a Board Certified Nurse ... more
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    Sheena D. Pracyk
    We are proud to shine the spotlight on Sheena D. Pracyk this week. For most of my adulthood, being a nurse wasn’t just my job; it was my life and an integral part of my self-identity.  My nursing career and experiences have been amazing, giving me my closest friends, a chance to travel and the opportunity to meet my husband.  For over twenty years, the levels ... more
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    Marcia Free
    This week, we are proud to shine the HealthyNurse Spotlight on Marcia Free, BSN, RN, CCRP , who took the challenge to transform her overall health, which led to an 80 pound weight loss.  My journey toward health began 4 years ago when I took a job doing chronic care management in a primary care practice.  My duties are varied, and include aspects of patient ... more
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    Eileen Reali
    This week, we are pleased to shine the spotlight on Eileen Reali, BSN RN RN-BC .   The Reali family, Eileen is pictured with glasses. Health and wellness have always been on my mind, but somehow not generally in my diet in the last few years. I have managed to improve some areas of wellness in my life along the way. In the past few years, I’ve improved my sleep ... more
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    Amy B. Eilertsen
    This week, we are pleased to shine the spotlight on  Amy B. Eilertsen, MN, RN .  Here is Amy’s inspiring health journey following a serious hip injury: “A year ago during a dressage lesson I was unexpectedly thrown from a horse and hit the dirt squarely on my left hip.  Activity is such an important part of maintaining my physical and mental health that, ... more
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    Robin Carmichael
    This week, we are pleased to shine the spotlight on Robin Carmichael, RN, BSN . About a year ago, this was my life.  At 5’6 and over 212 pounds, I had a high-stress, full-time teaching job with a 2.5 hour commute. On clinical days, I would get up at 4 a.m.  I was also my husband’s care giver; he had liver cancer that progressed to the bone rapidly. When I lost Rich ... more

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Most Recent Comments

Thanks for sharing Joy.  This is inspiring.  Your post reminds me of when I was a young girl, content with going for walks or just lying in the shade near my childhood home in Alabama.  Growing up I loved to draw, create greeting cards and write poetry.  I also loved music and later took guitar lessons and found a peacefulness in these hobbies until my n...
Wow, Jocelyn! This is such a refreshing feature! It brought back fond memories of when I would volunteer with patients who expressed their journey through art with "Oncology on Canvas" 
I loved your story and I completely agree about accepting that sometimes we won’t be perfect in our efforts to keep on track. It’s the only way we can stay in it for the long haul. I think of it as not completely “falling off of the wagon”, but keeping one hand on the wagon at all times. It’s the pulling oneself back up that can be really hard, but the experie...
Alexa, you are amazing! Continue to lead by example to influence and inspire your family, friends, and patients! I think that practicing healthy habits makes me a better nurse as well. Thank you for sharing your journey
Dionne‍ Kudos to you for being a shining example of a healthy nurse. Of course, encouraging your colleagues along the journey is even more remarkable! Keep up the great work!