Nurses Caring for Nurses

These are trying times for many people, but most especially for nurses. The past few months have given the world a look at the true value of health care professionals. Nurses are at the front-line day and night helping to save lives, and the stress takes a heavy toll on physical and mental health.

Nurse leaders from these groups: The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) a non-profit philanthropic and charitable arm of the American Nurses Association, American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association (APNA), and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) have banded together to solicit support from multiple sources. Together it is an impressive gift to help us get through these difficult times. We at AzPANA want to convey to you what is available.

It’s called The Well-Being Initiative - Check it out.

Our own Arizona Nurses’ Association has done a spectacular job of sorting out the particulars. Anyone can check it out, you do not need to be a member and most all resources are free. Below is a summary of check boxes you will see on the AzNA web site, click on Well-Being Initiative, then Resources for individuals.

  • RNconnect 2 Well-being is a free resource from the Arizona Nurses Association in partnership with the Arizona Nurse Rapid Response Team through a grant from the American Nurses Foundation. Text RNconnect to 31996 to connect with resources.

  • Counseling Search option - sponsored by Az counselors Association This directory is being offered free to Arizona nurses who are on the front line of fight against Covid-19, i.e. in-patient care nurses (ICU and other), long-term care nurses, home care nurses.All counselors listed are current members of the Arizona Counselors Association.

  • Crises Counselors Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program is a federally funded program that helps people and communities recover from the effects of disasters and/or pandemics through short-term interventions that provide emotional support, crisis counseling, and connection to community supports. Dial 2-1-1 within AZ or 1-877-211-8661 from anywhere to connect with a provider.

  • Happy: Connect with someone to talk - Follow this link Empathy, listening and connection make all the difference. You need the same support you give patients—especially now. The Happy app has been adapted especially for nurses as you manage the stress, anxiety, fear, and isolation that comes with working on the frontlines. Enjoy 24/7, one-on-one access to our Support Giver team members from the comfort and privacy of your home. You talk and they listen—with open ears and zero judgment.

  • Nurses Together Group Discussions This program brings together the nurse community through voice and video calls. Connect with your peers and talk openly about self-care and wellness, recovery and resilience, care triumphs and dilemmas, bereavement, and more. Sessions are held seven days a week. Rules of participation

  • Nurse’s Guide to Mental Health Support Resources Use this Nurses’ Guide to Mental Health Support Services to better understand what support systems and services are available to you and how to locate them. From peer support options to easy and anonymous ways to find a mental health provider, this guide breaks down what you need to know and do to locate the mental health support that is right for you. You are not alone!

  • Moodfit: App for Self-Care When work and life stresses are intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Moodfit app supports many aspects of your overall wellness, allowing you to set personal goals related to exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, track your progress, and set-up convenient activity reminders.

  • Narrative Expressive Writing Help process your experiences related to COVID-19 with this five-week guided narrative writing program. Participants are invited to respond anonymously to weekly prompts that are reviewed and responded to by trained professionals. Pilot program capacity is limited.

The Well-Being Initiative resources are available to everyone—membership in a professional association is not required.

Thank you to all the nurses out there working hard keep patients, families, and yourself free from COVID-19. The US trends are lessening according the World Health Organization Daily Situation Report

Submitted by

Carolyn Bennett

AzPANA Governmental Affairs Representative & AzNA Liaison


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