Scrubs Magazine reports that The American Nurses Association has created a new HealthyNurse program. The HealthyNurse program is available for every registered nurse and its goal is to encourage RNs to be healthy role models. RNs can model healthy life choices physically, emotionally, spiritually and socially.
This new program is exciting, innovative and an excellent way to model good behavior for your patients. We all know it is one thing to instruct your patients to do – or not to do something – but then for you to do something else entirely. With this program you are not just talking, but “walking the walk.”
Best of all, by being a healthy role model you may be able to offer better advice and instructions than simply saying “eat healthy” or to quit smoking. If you have improved your eating habits or given up smoking, you know how challenging making these new, better habits stick is. And by being a healthy role model, your patients will feel even more encouraged and motivated to make changes as they see someone they admire who has improved their life and is modeling good health for them.
There are many things you as a nurse can do. Look at the list below and see a few ways you can start to be a healthy role model!
Choose a healthy snack vs. something from the vending machine
Add exercise to your daily routine
Encourage your coworkers to exercise with you
Recognize if you are vulnerable to excess stress and take steps to manage it, by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising and talking to a professional if you need additional help
Get regular check ups, immunizations, medical tests and take needed medications as instructed by your medical professionals
Wear sunscreen daily
Wear a bicycle helmet when bicycling or doing other sports where protective headgear is required
Meridian Nurse Recruiters encourages you to make 2014 your healthiest, very best year yet. Take steps to become a healthy role model to improve your life and the lives of those around you. You can make a difference!