“A major part of nursing is teaching,” writes Becky McFadden, RN, BCLS, ACLS in answer to the question posed by the ModernMedicine Network – Should nurses be healthy role models for their patients?. “Teaching patients the importance of a healthy lifestyle empowers them to take a more active part in staying well.”

Yet, as Susan Letvak, PhD, RN, FAAN points out in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing,

“the sad reality is nurses ‘accept’ health problems that come from the physical and emotional demands of the profession, and while caring for others, often do not care for themselves.”  And, for operating room nursing professionals, the incremental levels of stress they experience often make for even greater demands on their physical health. 

In creating the Healthy Nurse Health Risk Appraisal, the American Nurses Association found that 68% of nurses put their patients’ health, safety, and wellness before their own: 

·         51% reported experiencing musculoskeletal pain at work.

·         59% of respondents reported working ten hours or longer daily.

·         82% said they are at a “significant level of risk for workplace stress.”

The ANA’s healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge is a nationwide movement designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of the nation’s 3.8 million registered nurses. Nurses are asked to commit to their own health within five domains:

Nutrition

Packing the majority of food that will be eaten during the work day allows the nurse to control the ingredients, assure that there is adequate variety, and helps avoid food pitfalls  

Rest

Adequate sleep is essential to human health and a necessity for nurses. Benefits of healthy sleep include heightened alertness, boosted mood, increased energy, more stamina, and improved learning.

Physical activity

Physical activity plays an important role in the prevention of obesity and several related diseases   such as type 2 diabetes. Adults should achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on five or more days of the week.

Quality of Life

A healthy nurse lives life to the fullest capacity,” observes  a healthy nurses perspective in the Journal of Issues on Nursing, becoming role models and educators for family and community as well as for patients.

Safety

11% of nurses surveyed had used an artificial UV light to tan.  Talking on the phone was the most frequently identified distracted driving behavior. Nurses must practice safety precautions to guard their own wellbeing.

At Action Products, we’re proud to serve the nursing profession, “the #1 most trusted profession for fifteen years in a row”!. As just a small token of our respect, we will once again be giving away angel pins at our AORN Expo Booth #2123 – we hope you’ll stop by to get “pinned”! We truly identify with the theme for this year’s AORN Surgical Conference and Expo, “Embrace Action”, and our wish for you is that you’ll make – and keep – those “mind-ful” New Year’s resolutions, nurturing both mind and body. #embraceaction