The State of Health and Intentions for Action to Advance Mental Health and Well-being for the Nursing Workforce

Janie Heath, Amanda T. Wiggins, Donna Meador, Monica Kennison, Marsha Woodall, Michelle Pendleton, Tricia Maccallum, Karen M. Butler

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OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to explore the health of nurse leaders and assess intentions to integrate workplace mental health/wellness practices. BACKGROUND National efforts address high rates of poor mental health and lifestyle behaviors among nurses. Few studies describe the extent to which nurse leaders in academic and clinical environments can influence a strategic mission for health/well-being among the nursing workforce. METHODS Two hundred seventeen email invitations were distributed to nurse leaders from 5 Kentucky nursing organizations to complete a 1-Time 46-item online survey assessing individual health behaviors and intentions to build a culture of workplace health/well-being. RESULTS Most respondents reported positive physical health (86%), positive mental health/intentions for action to change behaviors (80%), improved self-care practices (86%), integration of self-care practices in the workplace (79%), and commitment to integrate suicide prevention training (55%). CONCLUSIONS Overall, nurse leaders reported positive healthy behaviors. The finding that the highest intentions were reported to integrate, sustain, and/or advance lifestyle behaviors for self-care practices as well as to integrate practices for mental health and well-being in the work environment is encouraging. Enhanced strategies and efforts are needed to prioritize workplace cultures of wellness to benefit nurses and further promote well-being among nurse leaders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-227
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023

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  • Leadership and Management


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