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Self-Care Support for Nurses

Stressed nurse on phone

Nurses experience stress daily in the job caring for others, these stresses have a direct impact on their mental health. Nurses need to engage in self-care and have access to mental health supports to do their job well.

The American Nurses Foundation (2020) released the Well Being Initiative in partnership with the Emergency Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.  The initiative offers free tools and resources designed to support mental health and well-being[1].

Some of the tools and resources in the initiative include:

  • Nurses Together: Connecting Through Conversations
    • Voice and video calls, bringing nurses together to speak about self-care and wellness, recovery, care dilemmas, and more.  See the schedule and register for upcoming conversations here.
  • Moodfit Mobile App
    • This app allows you to set personal goals related to exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, and track your progress.  Download the app here.
  • Happy App
    • This app is very useful, especially now, during the pandemic and is adapted for nurses as they manage the stress, anxiety, fear, and isolation that comes with working the frontlines.  Download the app here.
  • Narrative Expressive Writing
    • A 5-week guided narrative writing program to help process the experiences related to COVID-19; respond anonymously to weekly prompts that are reviewed and responded to by trained professions.  Sign up here.

To see additional resources and to read more about the initiative program visit the American Nurses Association (2020). Free Tools to Support the Mental Health and Resilience of All Nurses. Retrieved from