Essential Learning for Nurses
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Supported by The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on nurses — at a cost to their health and well-being.

Despite the heavy burden you’ve carried, you’ve risen to the challenge to meet your patients’ needs during the crisis.

Now it’s time to do the same for YOU.

President Biden spoke with an ICU nurse about the difficulties faced by nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation was recorded in 2020 and released by the White House on April 25, 2021.

This free learning opportunity for nurses offers advice from experts and tips and tools to support your well-being.

Learn how the burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic affect your personal well-being.

Learn self-care practices to help you thrive personally and professionally.

Coming soon:
The Path Forward
More free learning on restoring the health of the nursing profession — and seizing the opportunity to reimagine nursing and its impact on health and wellness in a post-pandemic world.

Nursing leaders will discuss ways the profession can regroup and use lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to address healthcare disparities and promote health equity for all Americans, including the recommendations of the National Academy of Medicine’s long-awaited report, “The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity.”


Nursing icon Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action initiative, previews what’s next for the nursing profession. The Academy released its Future of Nursing: 2020-2030 report in May. View a webinar summarizing the report here.

COVID-19’s Painful Grip: Cumulative Grief
With Lillie Shockney, MAS, RN
Death is no stranger to nurses, but the staggering loss of life during the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented — and it threatens to lead to unprecedented, unresolved, grief among frontline nurses. Shockney, an expert in cancer loss and survivorship who is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a two-time breast cancer survivor, discusses nurses’ risk for the consequences of lasting grief.

Pandemic Remnants: Secondary Traumatic Stress
With Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN, FAAN
For nurses across specialties and settings, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified feelings of stress, moral anguish, and exhaustion common in nursing practice. Dr. Kelly, a noted nurse scientist who explores outcomes associated with clinician well-being, explains secondary traumatic stress and its implications for nurses during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

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Develop a Gratitude Attitude

It feels good to be appreciated, but giving appreciation has benefits, too. Research has long shown that extending thanks to others can contribute to emotional and physical well-being.

Here’s a quick and easy way to show your support for your colleagues.

Send a carepostcard in real time to the people who help get you through a tough shift — or a global pandemic.

COVID-19 Moral Distress: Balancing the Challenges
With Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MGTS, FAAN
Professional duty clashing with personal health and safety concerns is just one of many dilemmas nurses have faced on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. A renowned nurse ethicist and executive director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, Dr. Mitchell explains moral distress and explores best practices for resolving pandemic-prompted ethical issues.

A Crisis to Come? COVID-19’s Mental Health Toll
Reimund Serafica, PhD, MSN, APRN
Dr. Serafica, a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and tenured associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Nursing, shares insight into compassion fatigue and other challenges nurses have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with strategies nurses can use to rebuild their emotional well-being.

Let’s Talk About It: Nurse Suicide

With Judy Davidson, DNP, RN, FAAN

It’s a startling fact:
Nurses are at higher risk for suicide than the general population.

Another fact:
During pandemics or other ongoing disasters, the risk of suicide among the public and healthcare workers rises.

This is a vulnerable time.

Dr. Davidson, a nurse scientist at University of California San Diego, shares her findings on the incidence of and underlying reasons for nurse suicide.

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It’s Time to Talk About It
If you or a colleague are in distress or crisis,
please reach out for free and confidential support.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Caution for Nurses: Beware Maladaptive Coping
With Tiffany Swedeen, BSN, RN
An experienced critical care nurse, Tiffany Swedeen knows all too well how the demands of nursing can lead some nurses to unhealthy behaviors. Swedeen, who worked in the medical ICU where the first COVID-19 patient in the U.S. received treatment, shares her personal story of recovery from substance use and offers strategies for managing the extraordinary responsibilities nurses carry during crisis.

Shed Stress With Stories

Storytelling is one of the oldest healing practices.
As a personal intervention, telling your story — and reading the stories
of your colleagues — can help you reflect on and make sense of your shared COVID-19 experiences.

In 2020 partnered with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
to showcase the stories of frontline nurses caring for patients with COVID-19 in their own words.

Find inspiration in the stories
at the Dear Nurses Project and share your story with your peers

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Integrity Intact: Building Moral Resilience
With Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN
Unprocessed moral distress can threaten the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of nurses. Internationally recognized nurse ethicist Cynda Hylton Rushton discusses how developing moral resilience can help nurses thrive, even when faced with overwhelming ethical dilemmas. Dr. Rushton is professor clinical ethics at Johns Hopkins School of nursing and co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Consultation Service.

Self-Compassion: You Deserve Tender Treatment
With Trish Hart, MBA
It has been said that caring for others requires caring for oneself. Self-compassion is an essential component of self-care for nurses. Trish Hart, founder and stress management specialist for Hart Mind Body Solutions, explains how nurses can offer the same tender treatment to themselves as they do their patients.

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Wellness Anywhere Nearly Anytime
With Becky Vollmer,
Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT)

Your personal yoga and meditation teacher, Becky Vollmer, will guide you toward stress reduction in mere minutes with four easy exercises you can practice anywhere – at home, in the breakroom, or in your car. No stretchy pants needed!


Apps, Podcasts, and Videos

American Nurses Association Well-Being Initiative
Podcasts and other resources designed with nurses’ well-being in mind.

Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Mindfulness podcasts from the popular Ten Percent Happier project.

Down Dog
Personalized yoga, meditation, and mindfulness app free to healthcare professionals through July 1, 2021.

Articles on meditation, mindfulness and other self-care practices, including videos
addressing healthcare professionals.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Advice and guidance for protecting your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 mental health resources and free or discounted therapist-led support groups.

Free peer-to-peer support program for healthcare professionals.

Links, Fact Sheets, Toolkits, and More

National Academy of Medicine
Discussion and links to a variety of health and well-being resources for healthcare professionals.

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Downloadable fact sheets covering a variety of mental health topics.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Tips and toolkits for managing pandemic-related stress and maintaining mental health .

Delve Deeper: Recommended CE

Courtesy of Elite Learning when you use the applicable promo code at checkout.

Nurse Resilience in the Age of COVID-19

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Self-Care Shortcuts: Discover the Science Behind Your Story

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Easing COVID-19 Stress Through Yoga’s Breath and Body Connection

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From Exhaustion to Extraordinary: Strategies to Reverse Nurse Fatigue

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Healthcare Humor: Take Time to Laugh

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