In response to the growing burden of stress on the nation’s nurses during the pandemic, the American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, has released several new resources to support nurses’ emotional well-being.
Developed “for nurses, by nurses,” the foundation’s Well-being Initiative is available for free via the website nursingworld.org. The resource provides nurses with access to digital mental health and wellness-related virtual chats, writing workshops, one-on-one talk therapy, cognitive processing techniques, and educational materials on stress reduction and mindfulness.
The foundation has also partnered with the nonprofit Nurses House Inc. to offer direct financial assistance to nurses affected by COVID-19. Qualified nurses who are ill with the virus, caring for a family member with COVID-19 or who are under employer mandated quarantine due to the virus can apply for a one-time grant of $1,000.
“Nurses are always there for us and we owe it to them to support their well-being during this crisis and in the future,” said Kate Judge, executive director, American Nurses Foundation.