Nurses are to be the ultimate role models of health and wellness. We are supposed to eat healthy, get plenty of rest and exercise and drink lots of water. Since many of us work 12-shifts at least three days a week, (sometimes 4-6 days a week) and have families and other responsibilities outside of work, it can be difficult to keep up that “perfect nurse” lifestyle. I know I am definitely far from perfect! That’s why the American Nurse Association (ANA) has implemented the 2017 Year of the Healthy Nurse! This is our year to be even more awesome, nurses!
The ANA defines a healthy nurse as one who “…actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional wellbeing.” We are supposed to be the best role models for our patients. In order to be the best for our patients, we need to be at our healthiest mentally, emotionally, and physically.
This celebration speaks a lot about our nature and presence as a profession. It is because we share common values and core beliefs that bond us in our mission to help others. As nurses, we make a difference in the lives of others every single day. And this is why I am proud to be a nurse!
Let the whole nursing community know how proud you are in the profession. Share your thoughts with your fellow RNs by leaving a comment below!