La réponse à la pandémie de la maladie à coronavirus de 2019 (COVID-19) risque d’exacerber l’anxiété, l’épuisement professionnel, la fatigue et la détresse que connaissent déjà les infirmières en nombre croissant. Un programme novateur de partenariat pour le bien-être a été élaboré dans le but d’améliorer la santé et le bien-être des infirmières de première ligne pendant la pandémie COVID-19 et au-delà.
Responding to the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is likely to exacerbate anxiety, burnout, fatigue, and distress already being experienced by nurses in ever greater numbers. An innovative Wellness Partner Program was developed with an aim to enhance the health and well-being of nurses on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Nurses across the country opted in to the program, and were paired with advanced practice nursing (APN) graduate students who served as the nurses’ wellness partners. Areas emphasized in the program included (1) personalized support for wellness; (2) prioritizing physical activity, healthy eating, sleep, and stress management; and (3) establishment of strength-based, sustainable solutions to improve health and well-being. Partnerships were implemented for 188 nurses who were coached by 49 APN students; 104 nurses participated for 6 weeks. In the program evaluation, 98% of nurses shared that the wellness support program helped them engage in self-care and wellness, and 94.7% agreed or strongly agreed that The Wellness Partner Program helped them improve their mental and physical health. In the midst of the pandemic, nurses were supported to cope with stress, focus on self-care and wellness goals, and address challenges to their well-being.