ANA Enterprise Launches Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge (05/01/17)

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May 1, 2017

Veronica Byrd, 301-628-5057

David L. Allen, 301-628-5391

ANA Enterprise Launches Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge

SILVER SPRING, MD – Today, ANA Enterprise CEO Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, released the following statement to mark the launch of the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge, a new initiative designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of America's 3.6 million registered nurses.

"As the nation's most honest and ethical profession and its largest group of health care professionals, nurses know the importance of serving as healthy role models for the patients and communities they serve. However, in a number of significant indicators, nurses are less healthy than the average American. Nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress, and get less than the recommended hours of sleep due to the demands of shift work.

"The ANA Enterprise is leading the way to improve the health of nurses through Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™, which will connect nurses, employers of nurses, state nurses associations, and specialty nurses associations to resources specifically designed to address the unique health challenges nurses face. We're inspiring action and creating a national movement to live up to our commitment to ensure the health and wellness of our nation."

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The ANA Enterprise is the organizing platform of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation. The ANA Enterprise leverages the combined strength of each to drive excellence in practice and ensure nurses' voice and vision are recognized by policy leaders, industry influencers and employers. From professional development and advocacy, credentialing and grants, and products and services through its Nursing Knowledge Center division, the ANA Enterprise is the leading resource for nurses to arm themselves with the tools, information, and network they need to excel in their individual practices. In helping individual nurses succeed—across all practices and specialties, and at each stage of their careers—the ANA Enterprise is lighting the way for the entire profession to succeed.