2017 The Year of the Healthy Nurse

“ANA defines a healthy nurse as someone who actively focuses on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal and professional wellbeing.”

http://www.nursingworld.org/yearofhealthynurse

It is the perfect time for school nurses to join the American Nurses Association’s challenge and focus on our health. Also, as leaders in our schools, we can work toward improving the wellness of our work environment and those within our work settings.

We need to start by reviewing our personal health practices. In addition to eating and moving, think about your sleep patterns and how you manage stress reduction. We can lead the way to better health by setting the example. Let’s begin by reviewing health and wellness links and use them as opportunities to increase our wellness, then share with those in your school community.

January Wellness Health Observances links:

ANA Worksite Wellness and Worker Wellbeing. Great time to review district opportunities.
http://www.nursingworld.org/healthynurse2017-january

American Nurse Today. Are we living on automatic pilot? Read about mindfulness and nursing.
https://www.americannursetoday.com/mindful-nurse/

CDC – “How much physical activity do adults need?” Ten minutes at a time is fine.
https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm

CDC – NYS has a lower percentage of adults getting enough sleep. Learn the benefits of good sleep habits.
https://www.cdc.gov/features/getting-enough-sleep/index.html

Mayo Clinic shares a walking schedule for a healthy life style. Get walking with this 12 week walking schedule.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20050972

Harvard Healthbeat shares 5 of the best exercises you can do:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-of-the-best-exercises-you-can-ever-do

Dartmouth suggests: Start a Wellness board in your office.
http://www.dartmouth.edu/wellness/bulletin_board.html