American Nurses Association Promotes Nurse Health and Wellness with 2012 Healthy Nurse Conference

SILVER SPRING, MD – In an effort to improve nurse health and wellness for the benefit of both nurses and the public, the American Nurses Association (ANA) will host the 2012 Healthy Nurse Conference on Thursday, June 14. The conference aims to help nurses integrate healthy habits into their personal and professional lives and become “Models of Wellness in Action” for patients, their families, and the larger community.
The one-day conference takes place at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. Conference attendees can expect health and wellness presentations and panel discussions focused on improving physical health and emotional well-being.
“When nurses are healthy, both physically and emotionally, it can have a powerful effect on patient attitudes toward health and wellness,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN. “The conference will empower nurses to become strong health advocates and role models and to initiate healthy lifestyle discussions with their patients.”
One in 100 individuals is a nurse, and nurses are the largest group of health care professionals in the country. Given the size of the nursing population, the Healthy Nurse Conference supports the idea that nurses who take care of themselves are better equipped to take care of their patients and serve as role models for a healthy population. In addition to presentations and other activities, the conference will also feature leading nurse experts and authors who will address various “hot topics,” including stress management, fit living, sleep loss and fatigue, creating healthy work environments, and more.

Featured conference speakers include:
• David Maxfield
Author of the New York Times bestsellers, “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal
Success” and “Influencer: The Power to Change Anything”
• David P. Hrabe, PhD, RN
Executive Director, Academic Innovations and Partnerships, and Associate Professor of Clinical
Nursing, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
• Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer and Dean,
College of Nursing at The Ohio State University
• Claire C. Caruso, PhD, RN
Research Health Specialist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
The 2012 ANA Healthy Nurse Conference, which opens at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 5
p.m., is open to the public. ANA Chief Executive Officer Marla Weston, PhD, RN, will give the
closing conference address on how nurses can become wellness role models. To register, please
visit www.HealthyNurseConference.org. For additional information, please contact ANA by
calling 800-274-4ANA (4262) or via email at meetings@ana.org.
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ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s
3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its
organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of
nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and
realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care
issues affecting nurses and the public. Please visit www.nursingworld.org for more information.

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