Be a part of the movement to change the health of the nation.

As members of the largest health profes­sion, you are role models and critical to the nation’s health care system. Research has shown that healthy nurses are viewed as a more credible source of health infor­ma­tion and are more likely to educate about improved health, yet the health of a regis­tered nurse is worse than that of the average American.

In an effort to promote the health and wellbeing of the nation’s 3.6 million regis­tered nurses, the American Nurses Associ­a­tion desig­nated 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse, with every month focused on a new theme. November is dedicated to mental health and wellness. ANA encour­ages nurses to seek ways to remain positive in all situa­tions. Visit ANA’s Health Nurse — November webpage for mental health and wellness resources.

And, don’t miss ANA’s webinar, Promoting Nurse Self-Care: Emotional and Mental Wellbeing (free for ANA members) on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will focus on strate­gies that will help nurses identify and inter­vene with nursing mental health concerns. Mental health condi­tions that will be discussed include Nurse PTSD, depres­sion, stress, suicide and anxiety disor­ders. Remember, safe patient care starts with self-care!

In addition, WSNA is a partner in ANA’s Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge, an initia­tive that connects and engages nurses, employers and organi­za­tions to improve health in physical activity, nutri­tion, rest, quality of life and safety.

Promote yours and your colleagues’ wellbeing by commit­ting to the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge. Visit the ANA website for more tips, articles, webinars and resources to continue pursing your health and wellbeing. Inspire action, culti­vate friendly compe­ti­tion, connect with other nurses and educate the commu­nity of the impor­tance of healthy nurses. Be a part of the change and join the challenge!