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Year of the Healthy Nurse - April's Focus is Stress

Friday, March 31, 2017  
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Welcome to Spring and April in ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse!  This month we are focusing on stress and how it affects nurses – both at work and at home.  In a recent survey, eighty-two percent of surveyed RNs and nursing students indicated they were at a significant level of risk for workplace stress (ANA & IGC, 2016).  This stress often affects the health of nurses and sometimes even the outcomes of patients and patient care.  It also affects how nurse leaders work with their staff to help reduce stress.  ANA provides resources to help nurses cope with that stress and would love to work with you to provide those resources to your members. 


Below are some resources you can share with your members.  View the spotlight on one of this month’s partners, the American Holistic Nursing Association and their Stress Management Toolkit for nurses.  Please inform us of how we can help you in your work to combat stress and feel free to share any stress management resources you wish to highlight.  This is a critical issue that often is overlooked, but can have profoundly negative effects on nurses’ health, patient outcomes, nurse retention, and more.  Contact Holly Carpenter at for more information.

Reference:  American Nurses Association [ANA] & Insight Consulting Group [ICG].  (2016). Health risk appraisal exploratory data analysis:  November 30, 2016.  (PowerPoint slides).


·         Navigate Nursing webinar:  Living & Working Mindfully:  Exploring Mindfulness Techniques for Self-Care, Leadership & Nursing Practice  on April 19, 2017 at 1 PM EST.  This webinar is free to ANA members!

·         ANA’s Combatting Stress webpage for additional resources and the Code of Ethics monthly tip

·         View our latest stress management article in American Nurse Today

·         ANA Book:  Information Overload: Framework, Tips, and Tools to Manage in Complex Healthcare Environments

·         ANA Book:  Self-Care and You: Caring for the Caregiver

·         ANA Webinar:  Success Under Stress: Leading a Stress-Free Environment

Partner Spotlight: 


American Holistic Nurses Association

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a specialty nursing association that supports nursing practice focused on caring for the whole person, their mind, body, and spirit, to lead them to a healthier state of being.

AHNA Stress Management Toolkit for Nurses


Many studies show that nurses are less healthy than average adults in their communities.  When nurses ignore the stress that comes from caring for others and stop giving equal care to themselves, they experience physical and/or psychological damage over time.  The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) has created an online Stress Management Toolkit for nurses.  Get up-to-date on the causes of stress in your life, the physical and psychological effects of stress and 14 powerful evidence-based Stress Management Tools, including How to Meditate in a Moment.

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