7 steps to getting NURSING YOU supported by your organisation

03 Jun 2019
Sarah Clarke

7 steps to getting NURSING YOU supported by your organisation

What is NURSING YOU?

Designed by nurses for nurses, C3’s NURSING YOU programme draws on our global nursing expertise to engage nurses in becoming healthy lives champions.

We do this by supporting nurses in:

  • improving their own health;
  • promoting health and prevention among their patients, families, colleagues and communities; and
  • advocating for chronic disease prevention locally, nationally and internationally.

We’ve spoken with over 450 nurses who all agree: it’s time we started looking after ourselves as well as we look after our patients. Follow the steps below to get started on your #NURSINGYOU journey!

(You can also download the steps as a pdf to share with your colleagues)

 

1. Download the app

Create an account, take the assessments and try out the features so you feel comfortable talking about the app with your colleagues and managers.

Learn how to create a NURSING YOU app account

 

2. Find a buddy (or two!)

Find 2 of your colleagues who are passionate about nurses’ health to download the NURSING YOU app with you. The more support you have the better.

Download sample emails to send to friends, managers & health champions

Download our NURSING YOU flyer (we also have flyers designed for ward & community nurses which are available below following this list of 7 steps)

 

3. Pick an area to improve

Pick one area you and your colleagues would like to improve (e.g. access to water, a dedicated place for staff to eat) – you could do an informal poll to see what your colleagues think.

 

4. Collect some information

Collect some information about the issue you picked in #3 – on your own and/or asking others to weigh in. See the NURSING YOU app and C3 resources below for ideas (e.g. our access to food at work survey).

Complete and share our access to food at work survey (available on Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/accessfoodatwork)*

*Email us at nursingyou@c3health.org if you would like us to create this survey for your organisation so you can access your organisation’s specific results (we’re happy to do this!). 

Download an infographic of initial results from the access to food at work survey

 

5. Present your proposed solutions to your manager

Come up with 2-3 solutions to address the issue and how they could

be implemented along with a timeline. Explain any potential negative consequences and how they could be handled along with potential positives and why it matters to staff to have this change. Present this to your managers.

Download our fact sheet about why workplace health matters for nurses

Download our sample letter to managers

 

6. Call in for back-up

Does your manager need a little more convincing? Email us at nursingyou@c3health.org if you would like C3’s director Christine Hancock (former RCN General Secretary) to email your manager to help you make your case for prioritising nurses’ health.

 

7. Implement the changes and let your manager know how it’s going

Keep your manager updated about how the changes have improved your and your colleagues’ ability to look after your health. Also share your story on Twitter using #NURSINGYOU to inspire other nurses and make sure to tag top names in nursing!

Download the NURSING YOU Twitter kit

 

Once one change has been successfully implemented select a new area to address and repeat the process.

Let us know how you get on! Tweet us @C3nursing #NURSINGYOU or email nursingyou@c3health.org.

 

Resources to implement NURSING YOU

You can download the resources below to help you in your planning and to share with colleagues.

7 steps to getting NURSING YOU supported by your organisation

Fact sheet about nurses’ health

Letter to your manager template

NURSING YOU flyer (general)

NURSING YOU flyer (ward nurse)

NURSING YOU flyer (community nurse)

Emails to friends, managers & health champions (samples)

Twitter kit

Infographic of initial results from the access to food at work survey

Complete & share our access to food at work survey*

*Email us at nursingyou@c3health.org if you would like us to create this survey for your organisation so you can access your organisation’s specific results (we’re happy to do this!). 

 


Read more about our award-winning health professionals programme. Our nursing programme is generously supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and the NURSING YOU app is in collaboration with MAXIMUS UK.