Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation

Inspire. Empower. Move.

Improving The Nation's Health - One Nurse at a Time

What is the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation?

If all 4 million registered nurses increased their personal wellness and then their families, co-workers and patients followed suit, what a healthier nation we would live in! That is the goal of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™, a program of the American Nurses Association Enterprise to connect and engage nurses, employers, and organizations around improving health in six areas: mental health, physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life, and safety.

Nurses are less healthy than the average American. Research shows that nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress, and get less sleep. As the largest and most trusted health care profession, nurses are critical to the health of the nation. Healthy nurses are great role models for their patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors.

How it Works

  1. Register to join "Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Connect"
  2. Take the health assessment survey and get a heat map of your health risks.
  3. Pick your focus area(s), make a health commitment, and participate in health challenges.
    • Mental Health
    • Activity
    • Rest
    • Nutrition
    • Quality of Life
    • Safety
  4. Connect with others for support, advice, and share successes.
  5. Repeat the survey annually to see how far you’ve come!

Why Join The Challenge?

By living an active, healthy lifestyle, nurses not only benefit their own personal well-being, but they serve as a model for the communities in which we live and serve.

Kyle Jensen, MS, RN, CEN

Kyle Jensen, MS, RN, CEN

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Healthcare is getting more complex, and nurses must prioritize their own physical, intellectual, personal and professional wellbeing. Achieving this will enable nurses to handle the demands of the profession.

Michelle A. Chester DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-BC

Michelle A. Chester DNP, MSN, BSN, RN, FNP-BC

Northwell Health

Nurses are in the spotlight as the most trusted profession. We have a significant influence on others by living a balanced lifestyle focusing on our own health and wellness.

Kathy Wruk, RN, BC

Kathy Wruk, RN, BC

Banner Desert Medical Center

Mesa , Arizona


We invite employers of nurses, nurses associations, schools of nursing, and others committed to improving the health of nurses to join the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™. Partners will help spread the word about the initiative, engage on the platform, and work closely with us to reach our goals. 

There are 3 engagement levels for partners: Champion, Collaborator, Connector.