The content of this blog post was retrieved directly from Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation.
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ is a national movement designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of the nation’s 4.3 million registered nurses.
How’s your mental health well-being? Feeling burned out, angry, frustrated, stressed, anxious, depressed, or hopeless? Wait, that’s too personal you say? No, it’s not.
The nursing profession is in crisis, the likes of which, we have never seen before. Nurse staffing shortages, a world-wide pandemic, low morale, public violence, inequality, discrimination. It’s a lot.
So for this new year, let’s put your mental well-being front and center. Organizations with a stake in the nursing profession, especially employers, need to fix system issues that are at the root cause of burnout and support nurse mental health. In part, that’s why Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) added the 6th domain of “mental health” in addition to physical activity, rest, nutrition, quality of life, and safety in 2021.
The national nursing staffing crisis is one of the largest deterrents to nurse well-being. The American Nurses Association and other organizations continue to call on the Biden Administration and the private sector to take concrete action to address this crisis.
HNHN is here to help, along with our sister organization, the Well-Being Initiative. Our next challenge is personal-it’s all about your mental well-being: how to assess where you are, what you may need for your well-being, and where that help can be found.
During this 10 day challenge, we’ll provide a simple task or resource to help you continue to manage your stress and mental well-being challenges.
The Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation and Well-Being Initiative teams would like to pause and say a hearty thank you to all nurses. This world is a better place due to all of your care and hard work.
If you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800-273-TALK. When you are in crisis there is help available. You are not alone. Make the call.