On Wednesday, January 12, our Chief Clinical Officer, Rebecca Love, convened a Twitter Chat, #ANursesVoice, to amplify the voice of nursing. The voice of nursing is still very much missing in all that is going on in healthcare, and, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Rebecca reached out to nurses around the globe who have been working to amplify the voice of nursing on major issues facing the profession. The hope was that if a large group of nurses came together, the voice of nurses would be elevated to speak about their knowledge, expertise, and experiences shaping healthcare today. Everyone needs to hear #ANursesVoice. 

Nurses make a meaningful and positive impact for their patients each and every day. They are natural change drivers, innovators, scientists, and leaders, and when given a chance to voice their opinions, they can help save the failing healthcare system. However, nurses are exhausted. They are beyond burnt out and are no longer willing to accept things as they are. Without a seat at the table, the changes that are necessary to support and sustain nursing and to redesign healthcare won’t be made. 

Nurses from all around the world joined in on the Twitter Chat with the goal of driving attention to critical issues facing nurses, and healthcare in general. There were several common themes that came up during the discussion, including the severity of nurse burnout driven by staffing models, short staffing, low resources, and punitive policies that could be addressed by directly asking nurses how they could address these challenges. Nurses brought up brilliant and simple solutions that spoke to creating a sustainable culture and workforce. 

Also front and center was nursing education and a discussion of new models that could redesign and empower nursing students, new graduates, and retiring nurses. They also discussed programs that would upskill and strengthen nursing as a career, not just a job.  Another major theme that came up was the importance of mental healthcare, specifically resiliency support for nurses. This was top of mind, with many nurses speaking to how culture drives so much of mental healthcare. 

Check out some highlights from the chat below. 

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing much more about the main takeaways from #ANursesVoice. We want to hold ourselves accountable for the change that needs to result from this chat. Stay tuned for more #ANursesVoice content!

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