The Nevada Nurses Association has accepted the challenge of helping Nevada nurses become healthier. As health care professionals and patient educators, we believe that we increase our effectiveness in helping patients achieve wellness when we exemplify what we ask of them. A 2013 study by Quevedo and Lobelo found that health care providers who are fit are more likely to advise patients to adopt an active lifestyle. To benefit nurses and through them patients, we launched the Healthy Nevada Nurses Initiative. Our goal is to motivate Nevada nurses to give priority to their own personal health, safety, and wellness.
Between work, family needs, changing shifts, stress, lack of time, and being pulled in too many directions at once, many nurses suffer from the same wellness challenges as the patients we care for, and some that are unique to nurses.
If you want to make some positive changes for the sake of your own health and fitness, we're here to support you. Whether you need to lose a few pounds (or quite a few), find some balance between work and the rest of your life, start exercising more, give up some bad habits--whatever your challenge, we want to help you succeed.
- Join us the first Wednesday of each month for a teleconference with a motivational interviewing facilitator-led discussion, celebration of your successes, sharing of great ideas and lessons learned. Call 775-747-2333 for more information.
- If one of your challenges is to stop smoking, contact the Nevada Tobacco Users Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. They are offering free nicotine replacement and smoking cessation counseling for nurses as part of Healthy Nevada Nurses.
So come on and get started. Learn more at www.healthynevadanurses.com.
"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
~ Lao Tzu