Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Beat the Burnout Challenge, sponsored by the American Nurses Foundation 72
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Beat the Burnout Challenge, sponsored by the American Nurses Foundation

Nurse burnout is a major concern in the health care industry. According to a recent study, nurses were more likely than other health care professionals to have moderate to high degrees of burnout. Contrary to what non-nurses might assume, feeling burned out isn’t a sign of weakness or a lack of dedication; it's a reaction to the overwhelming demands placed on nurses.  


"Burnout is not the failure of an individual to cope; it is an expected reaction to unbalanced demands and resources,” says Richard Westphal, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, creator of Stress First Aid. 


Burnout comes from prolonged and unaddressed stress in the workplace. The World Health Organization says that it shows up in several ways: 

  • Mental and physical exhaustion 
  • Emotional detachment from your job
  • Increased cynicism toward work 
  • Lower effectiveness and productivity 


Long hours, emotionally taxing situations, and systemic challenges make burnout more prevalent among nurses. And the pandemic made it even worse, causing more anxiety, exhaustion, and cynicism. One recent study has shown that 56% of nurses are experiencing burnout. 


We know you can’t control everything about your job. You likely can’t change your hours, your patient load, or your coworkers. But you can leverage certain tools you may have at your disposal.

Through generous support from the United Health Foundation, the American Nurses Foundation has launched Nurse Well-Being: Building Peer and Leadership Support to help nurses and address burnout, manage stress, and increase confidence. Along with resources from the Well-Being Initiative, this challenge will offer tips to support you in reducing stress and burnout.

Starts June 17. Are you ready? Sign up today! Click “Yes” under “Ready to Join?”

IMPORTANT: Burnout can be a serious issue. Contact your health care or mental health provider if you have any concerns. If you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call or text 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. When you are in crisis, there is help available.
You are not alone. Make the call.


Date & Time
Monday June 17th, 2024
End Date & Time
Friday June 28th, 2024
Category Mental Health

How are you doing in the challenge?


Before going into work say my devotional prayers in parking lot

@DebStuart that's a beautiful way to start your day!

TootcRN TootcRN Aug '23

Every morning when I come into the office, it's usually before anyone else gets here. I send out a morning devotion to my entire staff and my co-workers as well. I title it “Take a Second".  I try to send an encouraging word and a Bible verse for the day. This I hope will help someone during the day as they meditate on these words. 

Love this

ChristiM ChristiM Aug '23

@TootcRN Sharing those words and letting your team know you care about them is so wonderful!

Taking care of me by getting my mind off of my work for 15 minutes 3 times today and doing some exercise! 

same! that's what i do as well. But I do it once a day for 30-40 minutes

ChristiM ChristiM Aug '23

@KdoolittleRN That's great, what are your go to exercises?

Spending 10 minutes each morning to get a light workout and deep breathing in.

ChristiM ChristiM Aug '23

@Cindy 30 plus Perfect! That's such a great way to start the day clear headed!

Linda TH Linda TH Aug '23

After 45 years as a professional nurse, I continue to be amazed at the nursing professions' resilience in a healthcare environment that stretches us to our limits. Yet, working with passion for the good of patients and the populations I serve does get overwhelming. So I appreciate younger nurses who are putting work/life balance as a central life theme. I'm looking forward to this!

True, it's difficult sometimes but it's worth it!

ChristiM ChristiM Aug '23

@Linda TH I hope you'll find some great suggestions that work for you in this challenge! 

Looking forward to being part of this. Will we get notifications via the site or email on topics or how the challenge works? Thanks all

Thank you for signing up @monica bean You will receive emails. If you would also like to receive the daily tips via text send the message healthynurse to 52886

Missaj714 Missaj714 Aug '23

Looking forward to connecting with other nurses. I don’t want to overshare my situation but work because of a severely toxic boss became intolerable.  My hair is falling out, I have been stress eating, not sleeping and gaining weight. I’ve started a new job and am now trying to heal myself. 

praying everything will be better in time!

ChristiM ChristiM Aug '23

@Missaj714 I'm so glad to hear you've been able to get out of that toxic situation and are on the road to feeling better! 

Bubbie Bubbie Aug '23

Drinking a glass of water before work everyday 

this is a great idea.

ChristiM ChristiM Aug '23

@Bubbie it's always good to set yourself up for good hydration!

Challenge #1 - Walking 30 minutes a day before or after work. 

ChristiM ChristiM Apr '23

@Holly Heart Nurse That's awesome! Do you listen to anything while walking or just take in the scenery?

Laura65 Laura65 Apr '23

Challenge #1 

This challenge helped me tremendously in where I am going in my career. Journalling is an amazing thing!

ChristiM ChristiM Apr '23

@Laura65  Do you free journal or use prompts?

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