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  • Get Your Gratitude On
    Express Your Gratitude
    It's day 4 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. Although feeling thankful can boost your mood and health, research suggests that telling or showing someone you appreciate them or their actions can make you feel even happier. Plus, the act of expressing gratitude may boost the bond between you and that person. Today, when you’re feeling grateful to a ... more
  • Get Your Gratitude On
    Find The Bright Side
    It's day 3 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. Take a few minutes to think about the times in your life when you’ve faced a hardship or had a tough experience. Then see if you can find a silver lining in the situation . For example, maybe you were laid off and it paved the way to finding a job you love. Whatever it is, taking time to flip the script and see good ... more
  • Get Your Gratitude On
    Be Specific!
    It's day 2 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. It’s easy (and tempting) to list the same big things you’re grateful for again and again – your health, your family, your job! But experts say being specific is key . Instead of writing down that you’re thankful for your life, recall a specific moment you appreciated. Maybe you helped a struggling new mom ... more
  • Get Your Gratitude On
    What Are You Thankful For Today?
    It's day 1 of the G et Your Gratitude On  challenge. We’re all overwhelmed, so most of us aren’t feeling 100 percent grateful, 100 percent of the time – and that’s OK. Select a certain time of day – as soon as you wake up and right before bed are good options – to put three things on your gratitude list . Thinking about the special things in your life just might be ... more
  • 2019
    2019 HNHN Monthly Challenges Calendar
    Challenge Calendar 2019   January February March Plant-Based Eating   Tips for Better Sleep Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in a Healthy Way April May June Resiliency   Fruits & Vegetables (5 for 10) Work-Life Balance July August September Building Healthy Habits/Physical Activity   Hydration ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    It's day 9 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana .  Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey Trotting today? Fuel up with a healthy breakfast and snacks! Even if you aren’t running, a good morning meal will keep you from reaching for that extra serving of pumpkin pie later. Here are some ideas: A banana with peanut butter Oatmeal with ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Turkey Trotting Tomorrow? Set Yourself Up For Success.
    It's day 8 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Turkey Trotting Tomorrow? Set Yourself Up for Success.   Have you picked out your event day outfit? We recommend dressing in layers. You’ll stay warm and can easily peel off a layer at a time when you start to overheat. Start with a light weight material for your first layer.  ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Train In Intervals
    It's day 7 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . If you are signed up for an event, take a moment to think about your current fitness routine. Do you walk leisurely on your lunch break? Jog before heading into work? Take a spin class in the evening? Whatever your routine, commit to building on it with interval training . There are ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Think Outside Of The Box!
    It's day 6 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Walking, racing or biking not your thing? There are plenty of other ways to get active and support a cause.  Think outside of the box! Volunteer at a local park or recreational center as a guide, referee, or other helper. Help build a playground or deliver meals to the homebound. ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Recruit Some Friends
    It's day 5 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Today's tip is  recruit some friends.   Reach out to friends, coworkers, or family members to see if they’d like to take on the challenge and support a cause too. Having buddies to train with or even just to share words of encouragement with can help keep you motivated. Maybe you ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Put It In Writing!
    It's day 4 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Now that you’ve spent some time thinking about causes to support, it’s time to pair that passion with action! Today, we challenge you to commit to an event or an activity over the next year. Here are some examples:   The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training : They train ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Get App-y
    It's day 3 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Haven't found a Turkey Trot near you? Consider participating virtually. Commit to running, walking, or biking 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on Thanksgiving Day. Different fitness apps feature a variety of tools: You can map out your route in advance, join virtual races, and even ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Find Your Cause
    It's day 1 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Today’s activity is a mental one: find your cause.   Take some time to think about issues that are important to you. When looking for a cause to get behind, consider: Illnesses or disease that have had an impact on your family, friends, or patients Ways to support certain ... more
  • Healthy Sleep
    How Do You Rest Between Shifts?
    It's day 5 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge. Today's tip is  Rest between shifts.  It may seem like a no-brainer, but always make sure you have enough time to get adequate rest in between shifts. Take your commuting time and any childcare responsibilities into account before determining your schedule. If your work schedule seems too tight for you to ... more
  • Healthy Sleep
    Watch fluids before bed.
    It's day 4 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge.  Today's tip is watch your fluid intake before bed. Castoff caffeine before bed.   Although caffeine can give you the boost you need to power through a long day or shift, studies suggest you should cut off caffeine consumption 6 hours before you plan to turn in for the night. Just like caffeine can interfere with ... more
  • Healthy Sleep
    How Do You Get Ready For Bed?
    It's day 3 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge.  Today's tip is  slow down before bed.  Stressful conversations, suspenseful TV shows, or intense exercise before bed can cause you to toss and turn. Instead, relax during the hour before going to bed with these ideas: Meditation Stretching Doing deep breathing Taking a bath   How do you like to wind down ... more
  • Move for a Cause Challenge powered by support from Humana
    Turkey Trot For A Cause
    It's day 2 of the Move for a Cause  challenge, powered by support from Humana . Today's tip is  Turkey Trot for a Cause.  Are you signed up for a Turkey Trot this year? It’s not too late! Turkey Trots can be a great way to support a cause, get moving and connect with members of your community. Imagine the sense of accomplishment you’d feel sitting down to ... more
  • Healthy Sleep
    Is our Bedroom A Sleep Oasis?
    It's day 2 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge. Today's tip is  make your bedroom a sleep oasis.  Think about what prevents you from getting quality sleep and see what you can do to change it. Have trouble sleeping when light filters through your window? Use room-darkening shades. Too much noise coming from another area of the house? Invest in a white noise ... more
  • Healthy Sleep
    Make Your Bedroom A Tech-free Zone
    It's day 1 of the Healthy Sleep  challenge. Did you know the blue light from smartphones, television, and other electronics stimulate the body and affect how well you sleep? Consider ways to eliminate or limit screen time before bed, for example: Watch TV in a room other than the bedroom Keep cell phones away from where you sleep Designate a charging ... more
  • Stress Less
    Try The 4:7:8 Technique
    It's day 9 of the Stress Less  challenge. Controlled breathing can promote feelings of relaxation and calm while reducing stress. Today's tip is try the 4:7:8 technique . Slowly inhale over four counts, hold the breath for a count of seven, then exhale for a count of eight. Repeat the process three times in a row to calm and center yourself. You can also try ... more
  • Stress Less
    Count Your Blessings
    It's day 10 of the Stress Less  challenge, the last day of our challenge. We hope you’ll use these techniques to keep stress at bay and help you relax whenever you need them. Today's tip is  count your blessings.  Joy and gratitude are inextricably linked. The more you give thanks for what you have, the happier and less stressed you’ll be. In fact, there ... more
  • Stress Less
    Schedule A Mani-pedicure Or Massage
    It's day 8 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is  schedule a mani-pedi or a massage. You don’t have to drop everything and do it today, but schedule it. When we’re busy and overwhelmed, we tend to set little indulgences aside. A pedicure, in particular, is great since there are more nerve endings per square centimeter in the foot than in any other ... more
  • Stress Less
    Take A Tech Break
    It's day 7 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is take a tech break. Between texts, emails, and social media, it’s easy to be glued to your smartphone. But, all of that time you spend looking at a screen can prevent you from being in the moment. Make certain times of day tech-free – maybe during family meals or in the hour before you go to sleep. Consider ... more
  • Stress Less
    Laugh!
    It's day 6 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is laugh! We’ve all heard the saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, research confirms laughter can help you feel relaxed and reduce physical symptoms of stress. Let’s help each other get a good laugh: Post a funny meme, joke, photo, or article that made you laugh in our  Facebook group ,  ... more
  • Stress Less
    Tap It Out!
    It's day 5 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is tap it out. Tapping (AKA Emotional Freedom Technique) involves a series of tapping meridian points on the head and body after acknowledging and rating a specific issue you wish to rectify such as pain, stress, or anxiety. Research shows tapping has been effective in reducing anxiety in nursing ... more
  • Join the Movement Contest
    Join The Movement Contest and Existing HNHN Participants
    Thank you for participating in our community! We are so glad you are here.   We have entered all Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Connect Community members into our Join the Movement contest to win the prizes below. What do you need to do? If you have already created an account and joined Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation, you do not need to do anything at all to ... more
  • Stress Less
    Strike A (yoga) Pose!
    It's day 4 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is try yoga. In addition to physical benefits, studies suggest yoga practice can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Today try some of these beginner poses or this 10-minute beginner yoga routine to reap the benefits. Let us know about your experience with yoga in our  discussion . Post a photo ... more
  • Stress Less
    Have You Tried Meditating?
    It's day 3 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is try meditating. Research suggests meditation may reduce stress and anxiety while boosting feelings of happiness and well-being. It’s surprisingly easy to do too. Use our Beginner’s Guide to Meditation to get started. Let us know about your experience with meditation in our  discussion . Post a ... more
  • Stress Less
    Taking Work Stress Home With You?
      It's day 2 of the Stress Less  challenge. Today's tip is make meaningful transitions. Whether you feel stressed at home, at work, or just everywhere this time of year, take a few moments to decompress before you transition to a new environment. Play a favorite song before you get out of the car or take a few deep breaths before you walk through your front ... more
  • Stress Less
    Make the most of the time you have
      It's day 1 of the Stress Less  challenge, . Today's tip is try to squeeze self-care into your shift whenever you can . Working non-stop during your shift isn’t good for your health. Make the most of the time you have. Try some of these Take deep belly breaths while charting Close your eyes and do a two-minute meditation Use breaks as an opportunity to ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    What Are You Signed Up For?
      It's day 14 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is sign up for a fitness event.  Even if you train and exercise on your own, consider signing up for a 5K, an obstacle course race, bike ride, or even a fitness class or intramural team sport. These events can be fun and create an opportunity for time spent with coworkers, ... more
  • Join the Movement!
    Welcome To The Movement
    Congratulations! You are now part of a movement of individuals with a focus on healthy living. Ready to take advantage of the many free resources brought you by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™? Take two minutes and register now ! When you do, you get immediate access to: Health surveys with customized results and recommendations Fun and engaging ... more
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  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    How Much Are You Sitting?
    It's day 13 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is activate your work set-up.  The Mayo Clinic reports that spending too much time sitting can lead to obesity and other health problems. How can you make changes to your sitting routine at work? Try sitting on an exercise ball while you work to engage and strengthen the ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Banish Mindless Snacking.
    It's day 12 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is be careful when snacking.  Avoid eating out of boredom or procrastination when at home. It’s easy to find yourself heading to the fridge every time you’re stumped on a work project or feeling overwhelmed.  In a clinical setting a break after a rush can also lead to ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Swap happy hour for fitness fun
    It's day 11 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is swap happy hour for fitness fun. It's important to connect with colleagues after work, but instead of meeting for drinks, suggest some active ways to spend time as a group instead. Ideas could include creating a company softball or bowling team, going to a batting ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Make Meetings Active
    It's day 10 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is make meetings active Take a walk while you catch up on phone calls. Need to put in some face time with a colleague or client? Skip coffee or lunch and suggest meeting for a walk in a local park, a hike, or a driving range to burn calories and use your muscles while you talk ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Let Fido Help You Get Fit!
    It's day 9 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is let Fido help you get fit.  Instead of letting your dog out in your backyard or letting someone else in your house walk your pet, do it yourself. A 15-minute or brisk walk will be good for you and your pup. Can't leave the house? Consider a play session. Post a photo of you and ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Get (virtual) Fitness Buddies
    It's day 8 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is get (virtual) fitness buddies.  Do you know other people who want to be more active as well? Share encouraging emails or texts and give each other virtual high fives after a workout. Meet other nurses committed to getting healthy in our Healthy Nurse, Healthy ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Pencil It In !
    It's day 7 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is pencil in time for fitness . Schedule time to be active. When you’re planning out your day, include time to take a walk or to hit up a class at the gym. Try to time it for a point in the day when you notice your energy slumping. Getting in a workout can help you come back to your ... more
  • #healthynurse Text Campaign
    Sign up for our text alerts!
    Our #healthynurse text campaign is LIVE! Text healthynurse to 52886 to get our challenge tips to your phone. Learn more about our challenges here . more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Quit Being So Efficient
    It's day 6 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is quit being so efficient.  A perk of working from home is that you might have time to do some housekeeping or run a quick errand. As a nurse, you’re naturally efficient so this is counterintuitive, but by being less efficient, you’ll actually be more active. For example:   ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Workout While You Work
    It's day 5 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is workout while you work.  Incorporate fitness into work when you can. Put a conference call on speaker and lift hand weights or use resistance bands to build strength. Do calf raises while you read and send emails or while charting. Got some more ideas? Share them with ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Break It Up!
    It's day 4 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to  break fitness into small chunks.  Can’t pencil in a full 30 or 45-minute workout? Don’t worry! Studies show that getting in just 10 minutes of activity at a time has benefits. Work up to three 10-minute blocks of fitness throughout the day. Let us know what you do ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Timing It Right?
    It's day 3 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to  time it right.  One way to raise your daily number of steps is to set a timer to go off once every hour. When the timer beeps, get up from your desk and take a short walk. Refill your water bottle. Use the restroom. Check the mailbox. Or just stretch . Over the course of a day, ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Are You Tracking Your Steps?
    It's day 2 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to  take stock of how active you already are by using your phone’s pedometer or an activity tracker. You may have heard of the gold standard of aiming for a daily goal of 10,000 steps per day, that's about equal to the CDC’s recommendation of getting in 150 minutes of ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Dressed For Success?
    It's day 1 of the Move More! challenge, powered by support from Humana. Today's tip is to dress for success. If you work from home, one of the perks of a home office is that you can often dress casually. Use that to your advantage and dress in workout clothing that allows you to move more. Wearing supportive sneakers may encourage you to log a short walk when ... more
  • Move More! Powered by support from Humana
    Move More Challenge Giveaway Contest Rules
    Summary of Contest:   The  Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge  features monthly health challenges to engage nurses, including a fifteen day  Move More Challenge sponsored by support from Humana. https://engage.healthynursehealthynation.org/events/item/31/25 which will begin on September 24, 2018. ANA will randomly ... more
  • No More Distracted Driving
    Are You Getting Your Zzz’s?
    It's day 5 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge .  Today's tip is to  get your zzz’s.   ANA’s 2013–2016 Health Risk Appraisal Report  shows that 12 percent of respondents admitted to nodding off while driving within the past month. If you’ve worked a long shift or are exhausted, please don’t get behind the wheel. Many hospitals have rooms where ... more
  • No More Distracted Driving
    Dine Before You Drive
    It's day 4 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Today's tip is to dine before you drive. Eating while you commute may seem like a timesaver, but spilled foods and drinks are a serious cause of distraction. Plus, opening wrappers, grabbing napkins, or taking food out of a takeout bag can take your eyes off of the road momentarily, which could ... more
  • No More Distracted Driving
    Put Passengers To Work
    It's day 3 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Yesterday we asked you to ban multitasking behind the wheel . Today's tip is to  put passengers to work.  If you’re carpooling or driving with other passengers, let them make or answer emergency calls, input directions into the GPS, answer a text, or play DJ with the radio. That way you can stay ... more
  • No More Distracted Driving
    Ban Multitasking Behind The Wheel
    It's day 2 of the the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Today's tip is to ban multitasking behind the wheel . Although Bluetooth devices and hands-free devices are helpful in terms of emergency, don’t get in the habit of using them while driving for catch-up calls or casual conversations. When you’re thinking, talking, or laughing with a friend on ... more
  • No More Distracted Driving
    A lot can happn In 5 Seconds
    According to the CDC , taking your eyes off the road for as little as five seconds is long enough to drive the length of an entire football field. As we start the No More Distracted Driving challenge . Today's tip is to  set yourself up for safety.  Before you pull out of your driveway or a parking space today, ensure you are ready to drive without distraction. ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Are You Reporting Needlestick Or Sharps Injuries Immediately?
    It’s day 9 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tips is a reminder to report any needlestick or sharps injury immediately . If you do suffer an injury, ANA recommends that you:   Immediately wash the wound with soap and water, and flush mucous membranes. Promptly seek evaluation and treatment for the injury from the emergency department or your ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Pass Sharps Safely
    It’s day 7 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is  pass sharps safely.  Never pass sharps by hand. Instead pass them via a mechanical device or on a neutral zone, like a tray. Verbally announce whenever sharps are being passed.    Have a story about a sharps injury? Share your stories with us here .   Find this helpful? Use the social media links ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Speak Up To Prevent Sharps Injuries
    It’s day 6 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is speak up to prevent sharps injuries.   Many nurses and other health care workers are injured because they didn’t know a sharp or needle was in use. In fact, nearly 25 percent of all injuries happen to a team member not using the sharp or needle itself. Whenever you’re using a sharp or needle, let ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Wear Protective Eye Coverage When Possible
    It’s day 5 of the   Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to  wear protective eye coverage when possible.  “ Splashes and splatters to the unprotected eye continue to be the highest risk exposure that there is in the nursing community,” says Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, and the president and executive director of the International Safety ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Use Needleless Systems When Available
    It’s day 4 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to use needleless systems when available.  Many injuries still occur when nurses access IV lines already in place with needles. Prevent these injuries by using needleless systems. You should always use needleless blood transfer devices instead of transferring blood from a syringe using a ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Never Recap Needles
    It’s day 3 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is a reminder to never recap needles and dispose of them properly every time. OSHA expressly prohibits this practice because the incidence of injury is so great. Instead, immediately put the needle in a sharps container for disposal. Leaving needles or sharps out, even in plain view, can injure ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Activate Safety Features On SIP Devices 
    It’s day 2 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to  activate safety features on SIP devices.  It’s not enough to use safer sharps, you also have to activate the safety features. According to EPINet® data, of those who say they sustained an injury, only 30 percent said that they were using a safety-designed device. And of that ... more
  • Don't Get Stuck
    Choose Safer Sharps
    It’s day 1 of the  Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tip is to  choose safer sharps.  According to data from EPINet®, which is a surveillance database used to measure occupational exposures to blood and body fluids, the number one sharp that causes injury to nurses is disposable hypodermic needles (49.4%). To lower your risk, advocate for your ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Be Part Of The Solution
    It’s day 5 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  be part of the solution. Help others learn more about nurse abuse, why it's happening, and what to do about it . Start discussions about nurse abuse at your workplace. You can also join your organization’s workplace violence prevention task force or safety committee. If your organization ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Read Up And Speak Up
    It’s day 4 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to read up and speak up.  Many nurses fear reporting violent incidents because they are afraid of losing their job or facing other repercussions. However, we must commit to reporting all violent acts as soon as it is safe to do so. If you experience violence or notice another nurse being ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Take A Stand Against Violence
    It's day 3 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  take a stand against violence.  Take the ANA pledge to #EndNurseAbuse and or share it on twitter so others understand and learn about this important issue. Don't forget to mention us  @healthynurseUSA  and tag #healthynurse. Just like patient safety, nurse safety is vital to ensuring ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Be Prepared
    It's day 2 of the #EndNurseAbuse challenge. Today's tip is to  be prepared.  There’s no way to guarantee that you will never be the target of violence. But there are actions you can take to better equip yourself should the need arise. Look into taking one of these steps today: Take the CDC’s free course on workplace violence prevention for nurses Learn ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Assess The Situation
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Let Nurses Know You Want To Hear From Them
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Form A Committee
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Create A Positive Work Environment
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Train Employees To Prevent Violence
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • #EndNurseAbuse
    Prevent Violence From The Start.
    Workplace violence against nurses is a disturbing and ongoing problem. One in four nurses has been assaulted at work and health care workers are more likely to be exposed to violence than prison guards or police officers. According to ANA’s 2013-2016 Health Risk Appraisal, 9 percent of nurses fear for their physical safety on the job. These stats are ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Spread Kindness
    It’s the last day of our Celebrate Civility  challenge, so let’s finish strong. Counteract bullying  by spreading kindess . Help a coworker feel appreciated today, or just boost morale with one of these ideas from Creating and Sustaining Civility :   Greet others by name and smile.  Say “thank you” often ; praise on the spot, and in the presence of ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Get Support
    It's day 9 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to  get support . Dealing with difficult coworkers, bullies, or workplace violence can be exhausting, challenging, costly, and just overwhelming. Understand that recovering from being bullied may be a long process and can lead to nursing burnout . It’s not something you should attempt ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Get Your Organization On Board
    It's day 8 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to get your organization on board. Start conversations at work about ways your hospital or organization can help eradicate bullying. Consider talking to your supervisor about this as well. Want to do more? Here are a few more ideas:    Form a Civility or Organizational Culture Team. Team ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Stay Safe
    It's day 7 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to stay safe .  Protect yourself at work with these strategies:  Ask for assistance if you feel uncomfortable around a patient or their visitors. Avoid facing your back to your patient or their visitors. Make sure you are close to a doorway, in case you need to exit quickly. Ensure access ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Take Action
    It's day 6 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to  take action.   If someone is bullying you, or making your work life difficult, speak up! If you feel prepared and well equipped, discuss your concerns with the person one-on-one (but in a safe, private place away from others, and free from interruptions). Stay calm, explain how you ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Make Self-Care A Priority
    It's day 5 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is  make self-care a priority . When you work in a high-stress, fast-paced environment with life-or-death situations, as nurses do, it’s easy to get stressed and snap at coworkers or be short because we feel overwhelmed. Practicing self-care can help you control these reactions. Use ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Reach Out
    It's day 4 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to reach out to coworkers who may be targets of bullying. Bullies typically target people because of a difference in perceived power, position, or authority and that difference can be anything that falls outside the mainstream or group norms. Recent graduates or nurses in new positions, ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Announcing Our Hydration Challenge S'well Bottle Giveaway Winners
    Congratulations to our Hydration Challenge S'well Bottle Giveaway winners below! Caroline Vega Cathy Garcia Cheryl Herndon Chiagoziem Onyinye Udolisa Daphne Scott Elizabeth Archual Elizabeth Seeger Esther Choy Katie Nhem Latorian Smith Melody Baker Tammy Lehman  Theresa Mennillo Please get in touch with us here to redeem your prize. Curious ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Be The Change
    Today is day 3 of the  Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to be the change. Be a role model for good behavior. Spreading kindness is simple. Say hello, make eye contact, or smile when a colleague passes by – and if you see a fellow nurse struggling, offer assistance.  “Don’t stand by. Stand up,” says Edmonson. “Offering to help colleagues is a ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Know Where You Stand
    Today is day 2 of the Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is  know where you stand. Not only should you understand what bullying looks like , you should also understand your relationship to it. Bullying doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Often it involves groups of two or more people. “Nurses may identify themselves in three roles at some point in their ... more
  • Choose Civility
    Identify The Behavior 
    Today is day 1 of the Celebrate Civility challenge. Today's tip is to identify the behavior.   To face bullying head on, you have to be able to name the issue and discuss it. “There are a lot of people who are turned off or are resistant to the term bullying and want to put a more positive spin on it. But, to name a thing, is to take its power away,” says Dr. Cole ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Hydration At Work?
    Today is day 10 of the Hydration Challenge ! We understand that drinking water while at work can pose a challenge and hope that our blog,  Stay Hydrated on the Job , can provide you with some tips. We also encourage you to help  set up a hydration station at your organization,  if they are not already in place. Many organizations have started creating these ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Schedule Your Sips
    Today is day 9 of the Hydration Challenge !   We are at the tail-end of week 2. Is drinking water part of your routine yet? Schedule your sips.  Just like you turn a patient every two hours or give them medication at a set time, create your own hydration timetable. Set your smartphone alarm for set sipping times during the day or use those  Daily Water Free ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Eat Water-Rich Fruits & Veggies
    Today is day 8 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  eat water-rich fruits and veggies.  Many fruits and vegetables are close to 90 percent water. Include these types of high-water content produce in your meals or as snacks for added hydration:   Vegetables Fruit Cucumber Watermelon Lettuce Strawberries Celery ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Jazz Up Your Ice
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   Today is day 7 of the Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  jazz up your ice. Make flavored ice cubes  to add more flavor to your drink as they melt. Try to keep sugar content to a minimum, but experiment with combinations of herbs and fruit  or use plain frozen fruit, like lemon slices. ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Fruit It Up!
    It's day 6 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Today's tip is to  satisfy your sugar cravings with fruit . Believe it or not, natural sugars (such as those found in fruit) and processed sugar (like high fructose corn syrup) are pretty similar. They’re both comprised of fructose and glucose. The main difference is: When sugar naturally occurs ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Watch That Drink...
    It's day 5 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Yesterday we talked about sugar content in your drinks. Today we want you to consider limiting or skipping alcohol beverages. Not only does alcohol contain empty calories, many of these drinks are sugar-laden. Mixed drinks, like piña coladas, daiquiris, and frozen margaritas have the most added ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    What Are You Drinking?
    It's day 4 of the Curb Your Sweet Tooth challenge!  Today we challenge you to think about the sugar content in what you are drinking. A single 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 10 teaspoons of added sugar, which is more than the average person should consume in a day. A child’s juice box has 5 teaspoons. A store-bought smoothie has 4 ½ teaspoons, and a ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Why You Sneaky...
    It's day 3 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge! Today's tip is to decrease sneaky sources of sugar . Most packaged foods contain some form of sugar to increase flavor. Ketchup, tomato sauce, canned fruit, and cereal bars all contain added sugar. In fact, The New York Times reports that of the 600,000 food items for sale in America, about 80 percent ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Is That Code For Sugar?
    It's day 2 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  While you are looking at food labels for sugar content today, take a look at the ingredients! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring all packaged goods to have an updated “Nutrition Facts” label by the year 2020 that clearly lists the amount of added sugars in a product. Until then, it’s ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Take Note!
    Welcome to day 1 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge! Thank you for joining us! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that most women consume a maximum of six teaspoons of added sugar per day and that men consume less than nine . Today, we challenge you to  take note of how much sugar is in the foods you consume today . Read food labels to learn ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Dress Up Your Drink
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   It's day 6 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  Dress up your drink.  Something as simple as a stylish water bottle or a  fun straw  can make you more inclined to sip. Check out these  water bottles  that  Health Magazine  editors use. Bottles that are BPA-free, stainless steel, or ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Swap Your Soda
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   It's day 5 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  swap your soda. If you love pop, carbonated water or seltzer may be one way to sip more water. Look for a seltzer without added sugar or  make your own . Consider substituting one can of soda per day with club soda or sparkling water instead. ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Infuse Your Water
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   It's day 4 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  infuse your water with fruits, veggies, or herbs.  You’ll be more likely to pour yourself a glass when your water has some flavor and the pitcher looks inviting. Give some of  these ideas  from  All Recipes  a try.  Let us know which ones ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    How Do You Like Your Water?
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   It's day 3 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  f ind your favorite temp and type of water. Most people have a preference when it comes to drinking water. Some people like a refreshing ice-cold glass while others like their water bottle at room temperature or even slightly warm.   ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Make agua your Appetizer
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   It's day 2 of the Hydration Challenge ! Today's tip is to  m ake  agua  your appetizer.  Do you pour a glass of coffee every morning on auto-pilot? Try to do the same for water. Before you drink any other liquid, have a snack, or dig into a meal, drink a glass of water. It’s an easy way to remember to ... more
  • Hydration Challenge
    Count Your Cups!
    This content is made possible by the generosity of Sodexo:   Welcome to our  Hydration Challenge !  Today's tip is to  Count your cups.  Do you know how much water you drink in a typical day? When you examine how much you sip, you might be surprised.  Figure out how much you already drink and then over the course of the challenge strive to down a particular ... more
  • HNHN Psrtners All In Awards
    2018 Partners All In Awards General Rules And Criteria
    ANA Enterprise is proud to launch the 2018 Partners All In Awards. Their purpose is to encourage broad participation in Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™.  The Partners All In Awards will be presented to the organization that has the most staff/employees, students, or members join HNHN between July 16 and October 15, 2018.  General Information ... more
  • Advocacy
    Get Inspired!
    It's the last day of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. Thank you for making it a success! Let the challenge inspire you all year long. Tell us how you plan to keep up your commitment to advocacy throughout the year! Stay on top of the issues you’re passionate about. Here are a few ways to stay involved:   Rock the vote this year! Sign up for ... more
  • Advocacy
    Add Your Voice
    It is day 9 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge and ANA's  Hill Day ! Today hundreds of nurses will be in Washington, D.C., meeting with lawmakers. Follow along virtually on Twitter with  # ANAHillDay  and add your voice ! Personalize a template email to your lawmaker about key issues  HERE . You can also tweet at them or call their offices to let them ... more
  • Advocacy
    #BedsideandBeyond?
    It is day 8 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge!  Throughout the challenge we have been using the Year of Advocacy #BedsideandBeyond. What does this mean? As nurses we have a unique voice that needs to be heard. Whether you serve on a committee at your workplace, improve processes at your organization, or speak up for the interests of patients, ... more
  • Swell Bottles
    Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Hydration Challenge Giveaway!
    Official Rules Summary of Contest:  The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge features monthly health challenges to engage nurses, including a ten day hydration challenge which will begin on July 9, 2018. ANA will randomly select 15 participants who have signed up for the hydration challenge to receive a water bottle, provided by ... more
  • Advocacy
    Rock The Vote!
    It is day 6 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge! Today we remind you to rock the vote this year . It may seem simple but, according to the Pew Research Center , tens of millions of registered voters didn’t cast a ballot in the last election. Your vote makes a difference, especially in local races and during mid-term elections, like this year's.  Set a ... more
  • Advocacy
    Schedule A Meet
    It is day 5 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. Now that you know who your representatives are, call their office up and  set up a meeting . Yes, you can do that! They want to hear from constituents — especially those that have unique insights into issues where they’re not experts. Don’t be offended if your meeting isn’t with your elected official, ... more
  • Use Your Voice Challenge
    Take First Steps
    It is day 4 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. There are simple ways you can take action to make sure your voice is heard. Your task today is to  take first steps. Personalize a letter at the links below to let your representatives know how you feel. The more personal details you can include about the ways these issues impact you, your coworkers, or ... more
  • Use Your Voice Challenge
    Who Represents You?
    It is day 3 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. Your task today is to find out who represents you. It is important to know who your elected officials are so that you can learn what they have been up to on your behalf. Use this  tool  from  Common Cause  then, visit your representatives’ websites to sign up for their newsletters or follow them on ... more
  • Use Your Voice Challenge
    What Are You Passionate About?
    It is day 2 of the  Use Your Voice  advocacy challenge. If you’ve been waiting to engage in the public policy process, now’s the time! There are key issues impacting nurses and patients that you can do more to change. Today, we challenge you to think about what issues you are passionate about. Perhaps there is a cause you wholeheartedly want to get behind ... more
  • Use Your Voice Challenge
    What Issues Impact You Most?
    Today is day 1 of the Use Your Voice advocacy challenge. You know what issues impact you most as a nurse, but are you aware of which concerns have legislative solutions? Learn more about the issues affecting nurses nationwide and proposed actions nationwide. There are a number of key issues impacting the work of nurses today . Take a look at the links ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    About Those Sugar Free Labels...
    It's day 10 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge! Congratulations on completing the challenge! Thank you for making it a success! Don't forget to claim a nutrition badge for your profile! Click on the  "I completed this challenge!"  button,  here . Share your accomplishments with your networks and get your families and co-workers to join you in ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Out of Sight Out of Mind?
    It's day 9 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Even though most of the added sugars we consume tend to be in processed foods, the problem of excess sugar comes when we add it to our foods - for example to your hot beverages, drinking sweetened iced tea, or sprinkling brown sugar on oatmeal.  Today's tip is to  consider keeping the sugar bowl out of ... more
  • Use Your Voice Challenge
    #BedsideandBeyond Twitter Chat
    On day 7 of the Use Your Voice challenge ,  Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation ™  and RNAction  hosted the #BedsideandBeyond #nurseadvocacy live Twitter chat on   Tuesday, June 19 th .  Thank you to all of those that participated! We had a robust discussion on how to get started on advocacy at local/state/federal levels and learned more about ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Need A Chocolate Fix?
    It's day 8 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Today's tip is to  c hoose dark chocolate over milk chocolate.  Chocolate that is at least 80 percent dark usually has less than two teaspoons of sugar per serving. It’s a good way to get in a sweet fix while keeping sugar to a minimum. Plus, the cacao in dark chocolate contains calcium, magnesium, and ... more
  • Curb Your Sweet Tooth
    Does That Recipe Have To Call For Sugar?
    It's day 7 of the  Curb Your Sweet Tooth  challenge!  Today's tip is to  replace or lessen sugar in baked goods . Use creative substitutions to make cookies, cakes, and muffins healthier. Swap in 2/3 cup of processed dates in place of one cup of sugar, like in these  brownies . Use extra-ripe bananas to skip the sugar in  banana bread . And according to  ... more

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