Blog Posts

  • Marty Malloy-McCoy, MSN, APRN, CRNA, CNP, FNP-C
    Marty Malloy-McCoy, MSN, APRN, CRNA, CNP, FNP-C
    Nutrition quality has a major impact on preventing disease. It also plays a role in reversing it.   That’s one of the life lessons Marty Malloy-McCoy has embraced not just as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (board certified in both anesthesia and family care), but as a human being. His journey to nutritional wellness began about 4 years ago when ... more
  • Lataya De Jesus, BSN, DNPS
    Lataya De Jesus, BSN, DNPS
    Nurse uses a plant-based diet and daily exercise to set an example Every nurse is a personal example to their patients, whether they want to be or not. That’s one of the motivators for Lataya De Jesus, BSN, DNPS, as she pursues healthy lifestyle choices every day. A relationship with God, nutrition, physical activity, and sleep form the foundation of ... more
  • Sue Ferguson, DNP, MBA, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC
    Sue Ferguson, DNP, MBA, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC
    How one nurse’s passion for wellness emphasizes immune health Health and wellness go beyond what’s seen on the surface. They’re about what’s happening on the inside, too. That’s one fact that Dr. Sue Ferguson prioritizes. Wellness is her passion, and she keeps in mind the importance of exercising regularly and eating healthy. But she considers both ... more
  • Nia M. Martin, MSN-Ed, RN
    Nia M. Martin, MSN-Ed, RN
    Nurse creates “Therapeutic Thursdays” to focus on her own well-being Choose yourself. If you’re like most nurses, prioritizing yourself doesn’t come naturally. Instead, you’re usually caring for those around you and putting yourself last. But as nurse Nia Martin has learned over the past few years, it’s possible to find balance between caring for ... more
  • Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN
    Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN
    Nurse becomes intentional about exercise to improve her mental and physical health Tending to your own health is not selfish. That’s the reminder that nurse Molly Moran has gradually engrained into her life. After having two children back-to-back, Molly came to the realization that her own health and self-care needed a complete overhaul compared to ... more
  • Sarah Abel, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN
    Sarah Abel, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN
    Nurse and runner-turned-yoga-enthusiast finds her calling during the pandemic    Your body tells you what you need, you just have to listen. That’s what a lifetime of physical activity has taught Sarah Abel, DNP, RN, CEN, FAEN. It started when she was a twenty-something runner and triathlete, spending hours training and running. Despite the many ... more
  • Erika A. Borlie, DNP, MS, BSN, WHNP-BC, RN-C
    Erika A. Borlie, DNP, MS, BSN, WHNP-BC, RN-C
    Nurse prioritizes clean eating and everyday exercise to stay well Living a healthy life is easy when you’re doing things you love. That’s what Dr. Borlie  says about her lifestyle. For more than 20 years, it’s been filled with an abundance of nutritious eating and physical activity. “I realized 20 years ago that what you eat and how much sleep you get ... more
  • Sacha Hall, MSN, RN-BC, LNC, FNE-A/P
    Sacha Hall, MSN, RN-BC, LNC, FNE-A/P
    Nurse makes full recovery from stomach issues through pescatarian diet What you put into your body impacts more than just your weight and what you see on the outside. It plays a huge role in how your body functions (and how you feel) on the inside. No one knows this more than nurse Sacha Hall, MSN, RN-BC, LNC, FNE-A/P. For years, Sacha dealt with painful ... more
  • Melody Butler, BSN, RN, CIC
    Melody Butler, BSN, RN, CIC
    Nurse uses her passion to run a grassroots vaccine advocacy organization Nurses are so much more than caregivers. They’re role models and advocates for health. All nurses learn to promote a healthy lifestyle, but they often fine-tune what they promote to what they’re most passionate about. At her day job, Melody Butler, BSN, RN, CIC, works as an ... more
  • Kendra McMillan, MPH, RN
    Kendra McMillan, MPH, RN
    Nurse finds new outlook on life through healthy living Let go — that’s step one on a health and wellness journey, according to nurse Kendra McMillan. Once you let go of the idea of perfection, you find balance. You let go of the pressures of a perfect body, house, job, and life — and you can see the beauty of imperfection. Letting go of perfection means you can ... more
  • Matthew S. Howard, DNP, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, CPN
    Matthew S. Howard, DNP, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, CPN
    Nurse uses moderation to improve his body, mind, and soul Knowledge is power. Before anyone can implement healthy lifestyle changes, they must first know and understand what healthy lifestyle choices to make. That’s why nurse Matt Howard made it his mission to use his knowledge to improve his life. First, Matt got more involved in Healthy Nurse, ... more
  • Sandra Foley, DNP, RN
    Sandra Foley, DNP, RN
    Nurse faculty member prioritizes positivity in her health routine with jogging, a triathlon, and…laughter yoga! For Sandra (Sandy) Foley, living an active lifestyle comes naturally. It’s ingrained into her routine, and it has been for as long as she can remember. Going back to her early 20s, Sandy has been a runner. One of her favorite activities is to ... more
  • Sonya L. Clayton DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, CCE
    Sonya L. Clayton DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC, CCE
    Nurse changes her physical and mental health for the better Everyone experiences their own peaks and valleys. It’s a natural part of life. Sonya Clayton knows this, which is why she made changes to set herself up for more peaks. It all began about two years ago when Sonya went on a trip with her husband and son. The family took pictures and, upon looking at ... more
  • Valerie Morrison, DBA, MSA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
    Valerie Morrison, DBA, MSA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
    How one nurse never stops striving for better health Make it work for you and your lifestyle. That’s the main message from Dr. Valerie Morrison, who has spent years modifying her diet and exercise habits for each stage of life. Prior to college, Valerie used tap dance and yoga to decompress. She also danced classical ballet and learned to appreciate ... more
  • Sandra Scott, PhD, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN
    Sandra Scott, PhD, DNP, MSN/Ed, RN
    Nursing educator changes her lifestyle after open-heart surgery Can you imagine if you developed an illness and were given only a couple of weeks to live? That’s what happened to Dr. Sandra Scott just two years ago. She was diagnosed with double pneumonia and heart failure. Open-heart surgery to replace her mitral valve ultimately saved her life. The ... more
  • Eleanor Pulliam, RN
    Eleanor Pulliam, RN
    Nurse cuts sugary sodas from her diet, loses 52 pounds How much of the sugar in your diet is from natural sources, and how much is from empty calories? Registered nurse Eleanor Pulliam drank sugar-loaded sodas and ate processed foods daily. Over time, she noticed significant weight gain and felt unhealthy. When her husband passed away in 2018, she ... more
  • Nicole Spencer, DNP, AGNP, APRN
    Nicole Spencer, DNP, AGNP, APRN
    Nurse uses healthy diet and exercise to stay fueled during COVID-19 12 years ago, Nicole Spencer embarked on a major life change: She decided to change careers and start nursing school. What she didn’t realize was that this would be one of many decisions to alter her life for the better. While in nursing school, Nicole also decided to start a more formal ... more
  • Michael L. Jones
    Michael L. Jones
    Serious diagnoses activate changes in nurse’s health and wellness You have more control over your fate than you think. Michael Jones, PhD, MBA, RN, learned this about 7 years ago (at the age of 36) when he noticed his health spiraling downward. He weighed 215 pounds and witnessed his 59-year-old father’s stomach and colon cancer diagnosis. At the same ... more
  • Regina Martin, MSN, BSN, RN
    Regina Martin, MSN, BSN, RN
    Nurse uses art therapy to prioritize her own and others’ mental and emotional health A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about diet and exercise. It’s also about taking care of your mind. As a 28-year veteran in the nursing field, Regina Martin believes this whole-heartedly. That’s why she turns to her love of painting for clarity, relaxation, and peace of ... more
  • Sabrina B. Anastasio, BSN, RN, CRN, LMT
    Sabrina B. Anastasio, BSN, RN, CRN, LMT
    Nurse uses passion for hydration to promote self-care Did I do anything today that made a difference? It’s a question nurse Sabrina Anastasio ponders at the end of each day. Sabrina changed careers to become a nurse at the age of 50, and now at the age of 57, she makes every effort to practice what she preaches. This mindset began when Sabrina caught herself ... more
  • Liisa Dewhurst, RN, BSN, MSN, CNP
    Liisa Dewhurst, RN, BSN, MSN, CNP
    Nurse focuses on moderation and everyday exercise to instill a healthy lifestyle Her mother, her children, and her own self confidence: Those are the 3 motivators that keep Liisa Dewhurst focused on a healthy lifestyle. When she was younger, Liisa was active in cheerleading and dance. Both helped her stay petite, but soon, poor nutrition set her on the ... more
  • Laura Hall, RN
    Laura Hall, RN
    Nurse changes goal from “healthy enough” to “thriving” Laura Hall, a nurse at Forks Community Hospital, once considered herself “fit enough” and “healthy enough.” But was she thriving? “No,” she says. And she was far from what she’d known as a young, active volleyball player with a strong foundation in health and fitness. But in her early 20s, Laura ... more
  • Linda Lowry, RN
    Linda Lowry, RN
    Nurse uses career to enhance her own life Walk the walk and talk the talk: That’s what Linda Lowry knew she needed to do when she became a nurse. Prior to getting her nursing degree, Linda was tipping the scales. She was out of shape and unhealthy. Ten years ago, when her son Michael passed away from an asthma attack at the age of 15, Linda used her grief as fuel. ... more
  • Frances Akubuilo, DNP, RN
    Frances Akubuilo, DNP, RN
    Nurse dedicates research project to helping fellow nurses increase physical activity levels A self-care video, developed as a product of Frances Akubuilo’s doctorate research, starts off with the question, “Nurses, how can we take care of our nation, if we don’t take care of ourselves?” This is a question Frances often asks in response to national ... more
  • Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE
    Linda Roney, EdD, RN-BC, CPEN, CNE
    Lifestyle shift becomes new wellness motivator for nurse educator Shifting from a bedside nursing job to an administrative role, being a nurse educator comes with many challenges. For Linda Roney, one of those challenges was maintaining her own wellness. As a bedside nurse, Linda easily walked 3–4 miles per day during her shifts. But becoming an ... more
  • Barbara Happ, PhD, RN-BC
    Barbara Happ, PhD, RN-BC
    Making healthy eating and exercise a central part of your life If there are two things Barbara Happ knows how to do, it’s eating healthy and staying active. That’s because both make up a huge chunk of Barbara’s lifestyle. Her goals: Feel good every day Maintain a proper weight Keep lab results on the healthy side Barbara’s journey first began when she ... more
  • Shannon Queen, MSN, RN
    Shannon Queen, MSN, RN
    Nurse uses healthy lifestyle to educate and encourage her patients The phrase “practice what you preach” plays a big role in Shannon Queen’s life. As a nurse at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, she takes pride in educating patients on what it takes to improve and prevent disease. How can she not follow her own advice? Shannon took a proactive approach to ... more
  • Renae Schumann, PhD, RN, CNE
    Renae Schumann, PhD, RN, CNE
    Nursing school dean focuses on staying active and finding peace. For Renae Schumann, a nursing school dean, health isn’t just about getting in a workout or eating nutritious foods. It’s also about finding peace. Which is why the dean makes it a priority to focus on all three (and much more) on a daily basis. It all started 14 years ago when Renae weighed ... more
  • Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST
    Jane Flowers, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST
    63-year-old former nurse walks 25,000 steps per day, loses 130 pounds A lot can happen when your daily steps go from 1,500 to 25,000. Jane Flowers is proof. Two years ago, she received a Fitbit® activity band as a gift from a friend. She was reluctant to use it at first, but decided to give it a try. Even though she was overweight, she felt like she lived an ... more
  • Sarah Oerther, MSN, M.Ed., RN, F.RSPH
    Sarah Oerther, MSN, M.Ed., RN, F.RSPH
    Healthy habits start at home for nursing instructor A nurse’s duty is to improve the health and wellness of others. It’s no surprise that this often transfers into home life. At least it does for Sarah Oerther, a nursing instructor at Saint Louis University. While not currently employed as a bedside nurse, Sarah dedicates herself to helping those ... more
  • Tonja Thigpen, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CCNS, CCRN
    Tonja Thigpen, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CCNS, CCRN
    50-year-old makes exercise a non-negotiable part of her day A daily routine is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Over time, what you do with it can make or break your health. Tonja Thigpen, administrative director of nursing at Mary Washington Hospital, chose to make exercise the cornerstone of her routine. While she’s always been physically ... more
  • Matthew Padgett
    Matthew Padgett
    Nursing student focuses on mindful living and mental health Stress is a familiar companion for most people in the nursing field — especially nursing students. To proactively address and eliminate stress, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing student Matthew Padgett focuses on mindfulness and meaningful interactions. “ I try to have a lot of intention ... more
  • Chelsea Rolfes, BSN, RN
    Chelsea Rolfes, BSN, RN
    A nurse’s passion for health and wellness shines bright for others If you ask Chelsea Rolfes what she’s most passionate about, she’ll say it’s helping the average person live a better, healthier life. She does this in multiple ways. One is her career as a nurse — and another is modeling what a healthy, balanced life looks like. Chelsea has always been ... more
  • Aaron Stuber, RN, BSN, DipACLM
    Aaron Stuber, RN, BSN, DipACLM
    Lifestyle medicine practitioner helps nurses makes healthy behaviors stick To make a lifestyle change stick, you have to change your behavior. As a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner, Aaron Stuber, RN, BSN, DipACLM, helps his patients change their behaviors in subtle ways. He focuses on lifestyle medicine — a data-driven approach to ... more
  • Deb Bershad:  How Motivational Interviewing Helps My Health And Well-being
    Deb Bershad: How Motivational Interviewing Helps My Health And Well-being
    In the fall of 2014, I took a local university course in Health Navigation.  The most valuable aspect of that course was an introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI).  By learning and practicing MI, I discovered how to positively impact my health and well-being, as well as that of the patients I work with. MI is a highly researched, evidence-based ... more
  • Jaylin Myles
    Jaylin Myles
    Striving to avoid chronic conditions like high blood pressure, trauma nurse turns to healthy nutrition and exercise to lose 80 pounds. Find your motivation. That’s the message from Jaylin Myles, RN, ER/trauma nurse at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Finding her motivation changed her life for the better. At first, her motivation was ... more
  • Mary Turner
    Mary Turner
    Nurse coach and RN dedicates her career to helping nurses concentrate on themselves. When was the last time you put yourself first? As a nurse coach and founder of Therapeutic Professionals, Mary Turner, RN, dedicates her career to putting nurses in the patient’s seat. She listens to them, cares for them, and supports them. “So many nurses give, give, ... more
  • Susan Indvik
    Susan Indvik
    Student health nurse promotes a healthy lifestyle at college campus Every change, no matter how small, makes a difference in achieving long-term goals. Susan Indvik, BSN, RN and student health nurse at Dakota College at Bottineau, knows this firsthand. She’s constantly thinking of new ways to promote a healthy lifestyle among the student ... more
  • Leslie Johnson
    Leslie Johnson
    I have been a nurse for 26 years.  I did not really become interested in taking care of myself until after I had my second child.  This is when I decided to pick up running again.  When I was in the military, I ran because I was told to.  Now I was running for me.  As a working mom and wife, this was my time to myself and a way to release stress.  As a nurse, I have been ... more
  • Marianne Biangone
    Marianne Biangone
    Growing up Italian was a little challenging.  While my family is amazing, every gathering was centered around food.  Relatives would come over in the evenings at times during the week, and my parents would scurry to ensure there was fresh coffee, and we had a pastry or two to serve our “guests.”  Christmastime was when dozens and dozens of cookies were ... more
  • Rhonda Darnell
    Rhonda Darnell
    My name is Rhonda Darnell and I am a nurse practitioner.  I never had a weight problem until I reached 40 and slowly over the years my weight crept up. Being only 5’1 I could not carry the extra weight well and when I stepped on the scales at age 55 with it reaching almost 160 lb. my heart sank. I come from a family of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes. I ... more
  • Nikolay Zuyev
    Nikolay Zuyev
    A switch to a vegetarian diet leads to massive weight loss and improved quality of life.   That’s not who I am. I’m not mildly obese.   These thoughts raced through Nikolay Zuyev’s mind after an assessment from his primary care physician. As a registered nurse and graduate student at New York University, he didn’t like what he heard. And that dislike was ... more
  • Sue Packer
    Sue Packer
    I am  56 years old and a registered nurse. My background includes over 37 years of specialized geriatric care. I am currently working as the Resident Care Management Director at Susqueview Home in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and  my position as  an RN has been a rewarding experience. As healthcare continues to change, I feel it is so important to maintain a ... more
  • Carrie Floyd
    Carrie Floyd
    I have struggled with my weight since I was in elementary school. Diet after diet and I rarely saw successful until this past year. I have several medical conditions that make me more predisposed to being overweight. It was a nasty cycle because the weight gain would make the medical conditions worse and would, on many days, cause me to not want to ... more
  • Carol L. Kight-Dufour
    Carol L. Kight-Dufour
    Retired nurse competes in 100-mile horseback riding competition Endurance is defined as “the ability to withstand an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.” If there’s one person who knows endurance, it’s 61-year-old Carol Kight-Dufour. Carol is a huge fan of endurance riding — a sport involving long distance rides on ... more
  • Victoria Randle
    Victoria Randle
    I didn't take fitness and proper nutrition seriously until I had my first child. Being a new mom and working 10-hour days, 5 days a week as a nurse was challenging.  Caring for myself properly soon went out the door.  I would only care for my family, my patients, and would never stop to care for me. Soon I gained so much weight that I was unable to fit in any of my ... more
  • Adriane Ewald-Peterson
    Adriane Ewald-Peterson
    I share with you my story, my journey, and more so, my recovery of how chronic stress affected me. I had an intractable migraine w/ aura aka status migrainosus, in 2016, that landed me in the ICU where they also discovered an arrhythmia (AVNRT) that I then had an ablation for. Childhood trauma, stress from personal life, clinical stressors, moral ... more
  • Cara Sevier, RN
    Cara Sevier, RN
    My Journey To Self-Care I wasn’t always the picture of perfect health. Though my genetics pre-disposed me to a relatively high metabolism, and being active in my early years, produced a body that most people thought I had to work for. So, I had it made, well at least for a little while. I really didn’t start gaining weight until my junior year of college. It ... more
  • Carolyn Huffman
    Carolyn Huffman
    Nurse scientist prioritizes her mental health by learning to say no. Surrounding yourself with those who practice a healthy lifestyle is one way to set yourself up for success. Carolyn Huffman, WHNP, PhD, is proof. She was raised in a family that prioritized health. Her father, who had once been overweight, got healthy after his physician told him ... more
  • Jean Ivey
    Jean Ivey
    72-year-old Jean Ivey, PhD, PNP-PC, FAANP, has accomplished what many people dream about: She has maintained a healthy weight for over 15 years. Her motivation came from carrying her grandchildren, who were babies at the time, up a few flights of stairs to her home. She could barely do it without becoming exhausted. “I thought, ‘If this makes me tired — ... more
  • Mel Viney, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-C
    Mel Viney, APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-C
    Nurse practitioner undergoes weight-loss surgery, loses 250 pounds. Melvin (Mel) Viney APRN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, has come a long way in just a few years. Flashback to nine years ago, Mel was disabled for a year due to obesity, thoracic surgery, and radiation treatments. He couldn’t exercise. And it was difficult to get around. All of this made losing weight ... more
  • Lisa Kiser, DNP, CNM, WHNP
    Lisa Kiser, DNP, CNM, WHNP
    Breast cancer survivor and nurse bikes 102 miles with Riders 4 the Cure. Build wellness practices into your life, because if you hit a health challenge, those practices carry you forward. That’s the takeaway message from Lisa Kiser, DNP, CNM, WHNP, assistant clinical professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. Lisa knows this because ... more
  • Karla Rodriguez, DNP, CNE, RN
    Karla Rodriguez, DNP, CNE, RN
    Karla discusses her past, sometimes "unhealthy" vegan diet and how a gallbladder attack encouraged her current healthier plant-based diet . As nurses, I like to think we realize that there is a strong relationship between lifestyle and health. I have been a registered nurse since 1999, and yet, I have seen a surge in chronic health conditions, all of ... more
  • Uniqua Smith, PhD, MBA, RN, NE-BC
    Uniqua Smith, PhD, MBA, RN, NE-BC
    Dr. Uniqua Smith, PhD, MBA, RN, NE-BC shares below how her continual fitness journey aided in her successful battle with cancer. In 2015, when I transitioned from working in clinical care to strictly administration, I decided that I needed to start making healthier choices and add in some exercise.  Over the years, from working evening shift in the ... more
  • Denise Norris, RN
    Denise Norris, RN
    Exercise and plant-based diet helps nurse shed 235 pounds. "It’s a journey." That’s what Denise says about her health and wellness changes over the past few years. She’s certainly come a long way on this journey. Back in 2011, Denise reached a breaking point. She wasn’t happy with herself. Getting through the day was exhausting. She was overweight and ... more
  • Lauren Rodriguez, RN
    Lauren Rodriguez, RN
    Kansas City nurse trains for her third 340-mile paddleboarding race Lauren Rodriguez is a Kansas girl, born and raised. She’s also a water-lover. Whether it’s swimming, water-skiing, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) — the water is her sanctuary. In addition to being a water bug, Lauren is competitive. With that combination, it’s no ... more
  • Captain Linda Jo Belsito, RN, MSN, CCM
    Captain Linda Jo Belsito, RN, MSN, CCM
    CAPT Belsito is an RN currently serving  with the United States Public Health Services (USPHS). She has always had a passion for health and fitness. She is a two-time Hall of Fame powerlifter and Masters Olympic weightlifter. Representing the USA at the World Powerlifting Championships seven times and attending eight Master Olympic Weightlifting ... more
  • Corazon White, MSN, RN
    Corazon White, MSN, RN
    Conway Medical Center nurse makes exercise a habit she can’t break Five-foot-tall Corazon (Cora) White, MSN, RN, carried extra weight on her body for years — ever since having children. She always thought to herself, “this is the year I’ll take off the weight.” But yet another year would pass. In 2016, Cora transitioned from a floor nurse to a clinical ... more
  • Kathy Donaldson, MSN, APN, C, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, CPLC, C-EFM
    Kathy Donaldson, MSN, APN, C, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, CPLC, C-EFM
    This year, I will celebrate 35 years as a nurse. Currently, I am an APN practicing full time in inpatient obstetrics. In addition, I share leadership of a perinatal bereavement/palliative care program and provide grief support. I am an overachiever and experienced educator and speaker. I have been fortunate to receive many awards for my clinical ... more
  • Kimberly La Force, RN
    Kimberly La Force, RN
    Follow Kimberly's journey as she experiences a different way of looking at health. I remember being a novice nurse on a busy medical-surgical floor located in a busy hospital in New York. I was running around nonstop for 12 hour shifts, skipping meals and avoiding going to the bathroom because I was always too busy. I was young and skinny then, a ... more
  • #healthynurse Spotlight:  Pamela Cipriano
    #healthynurse Spotlight: Pamela Cipriano
    Recently, HNHN had the opportunity to chat with Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN about all things wellness, including her recent past presidency at the American Nurses Association (ANA), her current  role as first vice president at the International Council of Nurses (ICN), and her personal health journey. HNHN:   You made several health ... more
  • Peter Stoffan
    Peter Stoffan
    Peter Stoffan is the Patient Care Director of the Pre-op and Post Anesthesia Care Units at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYP) NYP would like to recognize Peter Stoffan, as he exemplifies a healthy nurse and is always looking for ways to promote Healthy Nurse, Health Nation for his staff.  Peter has always had an interest in ... more
  • Latonia Ford
    Latonia Ford
    Latonia Ford is currently a Captain in the United States Public Health Service. Her specialty is emergency medicine and she is presently stationed at the Food & Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland. We all say we want to be a nurse to help others, but I also wanted to be a nurse to set a positive example. I started my journey in health and fitness ... more
  • Mayra Lopez, RN, MSN, Diabetes Education Specialist
    Mayra Lopez, RN, MSN, Diabetes Education Specialist
    I started a new position as a Diabetes Education Specialist, at a very busy urban teaching hospital, and although I was very blessed to have this new position, it was very stressful, just learning the new job.  After a few months, I felt like I had  a grasp of my new job and began to self-reflect about my own health, since I have a family history of diabetes.  I ... more
  • 4 Healthy Nurse Heroes In Action
    4 Healthy Nurse Heroes In Action
    On August 10, 2018, in a Syracuse NY gym, three “off-duty” nurses were finishing a workout and one was getting ready to start.  Then a tragic accident happened, but these heroes jumped right in and saved a man’s life.  HNHN interviewed the four nurses to not only hear how they restored a fellow gym member’s health, but also how hard they work to maintain ... more
  • Amy Benn
    Amy Benn
    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
  • Jocelyn Espejo
    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
  • Mary Ellen Levine
    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
  • HNHN Celebrates 1st Pilot Celebration With Champion Partner MUSC Health
    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
  • Alexa Blake
    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
  • Tracey Jaworski-Lucas
    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
    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
  • Jenell Steele
    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
  • Tiffany Martin
    Tiffany Martin
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  • Kimberley Smith
    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
  • Christian R. Schreckhise
    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
  • Rochelle “Shelly” Anderson-Doyley
    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
  • Swardiq “Q” Mayanja
    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
  • Daisy Molina
    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
  • Julie David
    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
  • Toni Scott
    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
  • Heather Lapides
    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
  • Sheena D. Pracyk
    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
  • Marcia Free
    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
  • Eileen Reali
    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
  • Amy B. Eilertsen
    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
  • Robin Carmichael
    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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I love how she evolves her health program! Change and keeping it fresh for what is needed now!
This is so inspiring Sarah! Inhale confidence Exhale much YES! Let's all keep reminding each other as nurses to follow our hearts and our dreams and surround ourselves with those who believe in us. 
Love this so much!! 
This is amazing! Liquid calories have always been the hardest for me to cut back because I don't think about them, I'm thirsty and just grab a drink. Really been working on making sure I'm getting enough actual water.
Sonya, thank you for sharing this with others. You are such an inspirational human being and an amazing leader.