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In their steadfast duty to care and advocate for patients…as well as their own families and friends…nurses often neglect their own health and wellbeing. Read these articles to find out why and how you should take care of your own mind, body, and spirit.

November 2018 Vol. 13 No. 11

Write about your life and experiences to better understand them and yourself.


Journaling is a valuable resource that nurses can use to support their health and wellness.
Journaling allows you to script feelings and thoughts to better understand yourself and events, as well as cultivate self-compassion and self . . .

October 2018 Vol. 13 No. 10

Through spirituality, we connect with the world around us.

Spirituality involves a sense of connection outside ourselves and includes our values, meaning, and purpose
A faith community or organized religion can give you an outlet for your spirituality, but religion isn’t spirituality’s only expression.
Our purpose, our . . .

September 2018 Vol. 13 No. 9

Pay attention to your environment—it can affect your body, mind, and spirit.

Increasing awareness of your surroundings can improve overall well-being. 
Paying attention to your environment is especially important at work. 
Take advantage of and use effective strategies for handling difficult patients. 
Positive energy and healthy habits . . .

August 2018 Vol. 13 No. 8

Tap into creativity to reduce stress and increase positive emotions.

Artistic expression is an enjoyable component of an overall wellness plan that enhances mood and emotion.
Creative activities can decrease depressive symptoms, reduce stress, and in some cases improve immune system functioning and cognitive strength.
Engage in artistic pursuits . . .

July 2018 Vol. 13 No. 7

Friends and family are critical to your quality of life.

Social well-being can be defined as our ability to effectively interact with people around us and to create a support system that includes family and friends.
Social isolation, or being alone, doesn’t always mean loneliness.
Steps to . . .

June 2018 Vol. 13 No. 6

Big and small changes can help you cultivate a healthy work life.

Burnout, stress, and dissatisfaction at work should prompt an evaluation of your career wellness.
Several on-the-job strategies can help you re-evaluate your career, cope with change and stress, and re-energize your work life . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Learn how to keep your mind nimble for lifelong health benefits.

Intellectual well-being—keeping your mind flexible, informed, and engaged—is as important as physical health.
More than just a concept, intellectual wellness actually improves the physical structure of your brain.

This is the fifth installment in a . . .

May 2018 Vol. 13 No. 5

Make every moment count

We spend a lot of time “doing,” which can lead to functioning on “autopilot.”
Practicing mindful presence can enrich our role as nurses.
You can take a series of steps to engage in mindful presence.

By Carmel Sheridan MA, MSc

Editor’s note: This is . . .

April 2018 Vol. 13 No. 4

When you’re in control of your finances, you reduce stress and worry.

Financial stress can affect your physical and emotional health.
High financial stress is associated with increased risk for ulcers, migraines, heart attacks, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance, and may lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms.
By analyzing . . .

March 2018 Vol. 13 No. 3

Learn how to manage stress for a healthy life.

A little stress is good for the body and mind to grow and build resilience, but without good stress management techniques and regularly acknowledge emotions, normal stress can lead to symptoms of depression, anxiety, or excess stress.
Healthy habits, including . . .

February 2018 Vol. 13 No. 2

Take steps now to ensure your future good health.

Sitting for 3 or more hours a day increases cardiovascular risk by 30%; sitting for 5 or more hours a day is comparable to smoking 1.25 packs of cigarettes a day.
Relatively small weight loss in obese people may . . .

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