The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is leading the way to empower nurses around the country to achieve the health and wellbeing they deserve. Nurses dedicate their lives to caring for others and often neglect looking after themselves in the process. We know how difficult it is to find the time to exercise, meal prep or even just take a moment to breath when you are doing shift work or working weekends. That’s why we have created the NurseStrong movement to encourage nurses to improve their physical, mental and emotional strength in a safe and supportive environment.
We are excited to be partnering up with the Heart Foundation to run the Active April walking challenge. Active April aims to inspire nurses around the country to incorporate walking into their daily routines by using the app. The app integrates with other exercise trackers, including Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health and Google Fit. You’ll be able to track your minutes of activity and number of steps and compare your results with others in the NurseStrong Private Group on Facebook.
Each week in April we will be giving away a $200 Rebel Sport Voucher to the participant that has clocked up the most steps! Keep an eye on our NurseStrong Private Group on Facebook and our eNewsletter to track the leader board and see if you’re in the running to win.
How to get involved
Step 1. Download the Heart Foundation Walking app
Step 2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your participation.
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information about the competition.
Share your experience
We would also love you to share your NurseStrong journey with us by using the hashtag #ACNNurseStrong when you post on social media.
Do you want to stress less and be more present? You will love our next NurseStrong initiative! We are teaming up with Mindful Innovative Action (MIA) to run Mindfulness May and provide nurses around the country the opportunity to participate in the eight-week Stress Less, Live Well mindfulness program. Developed for nurses, by nurses, and based on a program that has been running for over 25 years, Stress Less, Live Well has been proven to help you develop skills in mindfulness practice.
500 lucky nurses that got in quick secured free spots for the program. But don’t worry you can still join hundreds of nurses who will be commencing the program on 1 May and score a 40% discount. To register simply follow this link and use the discount code NURSESTRONG.
We are continuously updating the tools we provide to support, inform and inspire NurseStrong participants.
To allow nurses to stay motivated throughout 2019 we are currently offering a free motivational calendar!
The calendar will help you stay on track by providing space to select one nutrition, exercise and mindfulness goal every month, tick off whether you have achieved the goal every day and choose how to reward yourself at the end of the month.
Health and wellbeing resources
We’ve found some fantastic resources to support your health and wellbeing journey.
We are so excited to see nurses across the country forming exercise or walking groups and workplaces implementing healthy lifestyle initiatives to support the wellbeing of their staff. If you are involved in a NurseStrong initiative we’d love to find out more about it. You can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com.