Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation: A Grand Challenge
By Abby Schneider
MSN, RN, Clinical Content Manager
The Center for the Advancement of Healthcare
Welcome to 2017 – the year of the American Nurses
Association’s (ANA) Healthy Nurse Healthy
Nation Grand Challenge (ANA, 2016)!
Spanning the entire year, this Grand Challenge is a call to change the
health of the nation by focusing on creating and maintaining the “physical,
intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional well-being”
of America’s 3.6 million professional nurses (Weston, 2015).
ANA President, Pam Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, states one reason
for the Grand Challenge as a gap between knowing and doing (Kahan, 2015). As a profession, nurses know that a healthy
lifestyle and making healthy choices leads to improved health in their patients. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect when it
comes to taking care of themselves.
While the nation’s nurses are well equipped to care for the widely
diverse population of the United States, research indicates they do not
necessarily practice what they preach (Kahan, 2015). However, Dr. Cipriano adds that nurses who do
participate in self-care activities are more likely to discuss the benefits of
being healthy, making healthy choices, and lifestyle changes with their
patients, and their patients are more likely to take them serious. (Kahan, 2015).
Throughout 2017, ANA will focus on a 5 different components
of a healthy lifestyle; rest, nutrition, physical activity, quality of life,
and safety. Monthly foci will include:
February - Cardiovascular Health
March - Nutrition
April - Combatting Stress
May - Women’s Health
June - Men’s Health, Skin Health,
July - Healthy Sleep
August - Happiness
September - Recovery, Work-Life
October - Infection control,
Immunizations, Moral Resilience/Moral Distress
November - Mental Health, Wellness
December - Healthy Eating/Healthy
Nurses who accept the Grand Challenge are encouraged to
visit the American Nurses Association’s and sign up to receive monthly emails
containing tips for making lasting lifestyle changes, links to articles and resources, as well as
mini challenges to help you meet your goal of becoming a healthy(ier)
nurse. In addition to the effort being
made by ANA, our RN.com Bulletin will present education and articles centered
on ANA’s monthly focus, as well as small, personal challenges to keep you
motivated and moving. We will also
provide links to ANA’s monthly challenge.
2017 is positioned to be a year of great health improvements
in our nation’s population and it all starts with you. Keep up the great
self-care you are doing! With 3.6 million American nurses leading the way to
improved health this will be the year of the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation.
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Kahn, S. (2015). Healthy nurse healthy nation. Visionary Leadership [Video file].
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Weston, M. (2015). Grow your wellness: A healthy nurse,
healthy nation challenge. American Nurses
Association [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysrdFsHYDyo