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Nurses Evaluate Patient Health Status, But What About Our SelfCare?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, March 5th, 2015

Nurses regularly evaluate the health and wellness of their patients and provide guidance and educational resources. But how many know the status of their health? How many are working to improve their SelfCare?

Now RNs can compare their health, safety and wellness to the overall U.S. population and other nurses by taking the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) HealthyNurse™ Health Risk Appraisal, developed in collaboration with Pfizer, Inc. This HIPAA-compliant online survey also allows nurses to assess workplace risks such as patient-lifting injuries and workplace violence, free of charge.

SelfCare or NursesThis HIPAA-compliant HRA gives nurses real-time data on their health, safety, and wellness, personally and professionally. Nurses can compare their results to national averages and ideal standards. Eventually, nurses will be able to compare their results to those of other nurses in specific groupings such as age or nursing specialty, when statistically relevant numbers are reached.

All RNs and RN nursing students are encouraged to take the appraisal for free and access the Web Wellness Portal at: www.ANAhra.org

Upon completion of the HRA, nurses are directed to a web wellness portal, filled with interactive quizzes, games and pertinent resources. The HRA builds nursing data, inclusive of all ages and both sexes.

The appraisal is a component of ANA’s HealthyNurse™ program, which encourages nurses to focus on SelfCare so they can be at their healthiest–physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually–to provide the highest quality of care and serve as role models, advocates, and educators for their patients.

To learn SelfCare that nurtures your mind, body, and spirit visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. What would it mean for your facility if all staff cared for themselves? Contact me today to discuss my proven strategy for permanent culture change.

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