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Well-being & Resilience

AACN actively promotes best practices and exemplars related to faculty and student wellness in our programming. The following provides an overview of AACN’s initiatives and programs related to maintaining health and well-being:

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Member Resolution:  A Call to Action for Academic Nurse Leaders to Promote Practices to Enhance Optimal Well-being, Resilience and Suicide Prevention in Schools of Nursing across the U.S.

In August 2020, AACN’s members voted to endorse a resolution that promotes the mental health, physical health, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. This call to action includes schools of nursing transitioning from crisis intervention to prevention by building wellness cultures; offering mental health screenings or providing access to them at their supporting institutions; conducting wellness, healthy lifestyle and resiliency programming; and implementing evidence-based interventions to prevent and intervene early for depression, anxiety, and stress in order to support a healthy working and living environment for students, staff, and faculty.

Partnerships and Leadership Engagement

In May 2021, AACN was invited by the Johnson & Johnson Center on Health Workforce Innovation to serve as a collaborator on a national campaign to promote resilience and wellness in the healthcare workforce called All-In WellBeing First for Healthcare. The All-In campaign is bringing leading organizations together – including the American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Foundation, American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, and AACN – to identify a future state where the healthcare workforce feels valued and can sustain a sense of purpose and meaning in their work. The campaign is working to identify and promote strategies, resources, and policies that champion mental health and resilience.


New Essentials Domain 10: Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development
This domain calls for new ways of preparing nursing graduates using activities and self-reflection that foster personal health, resilience, and well-being, as well as the acquisition of nursing expertise and the assertion of leadership. Competency expectations include:

  • Demonstrate healthy, self-care behaviors that promote wellness and resiliency
  • Contribute to an environment that promotes self-care, personal health, and well-being
  • Evaluate the workplace environment to determine level of health and well-being
  • Engage in guided and spontaneous reflection of one’s practice

Leadership Development Programs

AACN’s leadership development programs also are committed to elevating awareness of program elements addressing well-being.


In The News

Below is a sampling of research studies, news articles, and reports focused on mental health, well-being, and resilience compiled from AACN News Watch.

Your Mask Comes First: Nurses Overwhelmed by COVID Need Support
The Hill
December 10, 2021

Is Resilience Training the Answer to Burnout?
Journal of Professional Nursing
December 6, 2021

Why the US Nursing Crisis is Getting Worse
November 8, 2021

Pulse of the Nation's Nursing Survey Series: Mental Health and Wellness
American Nurses Foundation
October 13, 2021

National Study on Faculty and Administrators' Perceptions of Civility and Incivility in Nursing Education
Nurse Educator
September/October 2021

Building a Resilient Nursing Workforce
Knox News
September 16, 2021

Prevention and Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among College Students
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
September 2021

Well-Being and Resilience Among Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study
American Journal of Nursing
August 2021

Mind the Gap: Preparing Nurses to Practice with Resilience & Integrity
Resilient Nurses Initiative
June 2021

What Will Weary Faculty Members Need Post-Pandemic?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 5, 2021

Critical Care Nurses’ Physical and Mental Health, Worksite Wellness Support, and Medical Errors
American Journal of Critical Care
May 2021

COVID-19: Impact on Nurses and Nursing
American Journal of Nursing
May 2021

Workplaces Can Change the World
Sigma Nursing Centered Blog
April 8, 2021

Good Grades, Stressed Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 17, 2021

A Survey of Mental Health in Graduate Nursing Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nurse Educator
March 12, 2021

COVID-19 Is ‘Probably Going to End My Career.
New York Times
February 25, 2021

Upcoming Programs

Session at Faculty Practice Pre-Conference | Naples, FL
January 19, 2022
Effective Wellness & Self-Care Strategies

Session at the 2021 Doctoral Education Conference | Naples, FL
January 22, 2022

Addressing Health Inequalities: The Essential Role of Workforce Diversification

What's New

Check back for updates on AACN's ongoing Well-being & Resilience initiative.