Healthy Nurse

What is a HealthyNurse™?

According to the American Nurses Association, a healthy nurse is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of his or her health, safety, wellness and life to their fullest capacity physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially , spiritually; both personally and professionally across the wellness/illness continuum. A HealthyNurse™ is a better role model, educator, and advocate – personally, for the family, for the community, for the work environment, and for the patient. Nurses are 3.1 million strong and the most trusted profession, and have the power to make a difference! By choosing nutritious foods and an active lifestyle, managing stress, living tobacco-free, getting preventive immunizations and screenings, and choosing protective measures such as wearing sunscreen and bicycle helmets, nurses can set an example on how to BE healthy.

In June of 2013 at the ANA Membership Assembly, 114 registered nurses beta-tested ANA’s HRA (health risk appraisal). The majority of nurses was female, working fulltime and actively employed in nursing. Forty-four percent have been a nurse for 31-40 years. Here are some interesting statistics that we have learned so far from participants.

Health

  • 94% report good to excellent health
  • 86% have had a routine checkup in about a year’s time
  • Over 90% received their annual flu shot, and have had at least 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine
  • 42% feel obligated or expected to come to work even when sick or injured
  • 42% report being diagnosed with hypertension, 48% lower back pain, 21% asthma

Safety

  • Top health and safety risks at work include workplace stress (75%); infectious disease agents (34%); and lifting heavy objects (30%)
  • 67% have experienced verbal or nonverbal aggression from a peer in their current workplace
  • 26% have been physically assaulted by a patient or family member at work
  • 32% get less than 7 hours sleep; 9% have nodded off while driving

 

Information provided by nursingworld.org