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Nurse Wellness Champions

Mind, Body & Spirit:
Our Commitment to Total Health

The American Nurses Association has named this year’s Nurses Week theme “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” They’ve also designated 2017 as “Year of the Healthy Nurse.”

This emphasis on total health and wellness mirrors the holistic nursing care that Kaiser Permanente nurses are recognized for. Every day, across many care settings and specialties, our nurses care for and heal the bodies, minds and spirits of our 11.8 million members and patients. This year’s Nurses Week focus also aligns with Kaiser Permanente’s mission of total health for not only our members, but also our 201,000 employees and the communities we serve.

We’re proud to share the stories of several Kaiser Permanente nurses who have embraced that mission and made it their own. See how these wellness champions are transforming their own lives and those of their co-workers and communities. 

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The power of prevention: a trauma nurse champions healthy habits

Six years ago, Barbara Duffy joined a co-worker on a whim for a free boot camp class at Kaiser Permanente’s South Sacramento Medical Center.
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Health and safety champions lead teams to new heights

Silbia Espinoza, RN, strives to climb any mountainLiterally.

“I’m not what you would call a ‘normal’ person,” Espinoza says with a laugh. “I work a 12-hour shift and go straight to the gym. I can’t work out for less than an hour and 10 minutes!”
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Reaching the summit in Hawaii

As a health and safety champion for her unit-based team, registered nurse Marja Lehua Apisaloma is passionate about health.

In her new role as a champ, Apisaloma, a member of Hawaii Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 50, recently helped launch a 14-week health challenge in the Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Urology and Cardiology departments at the Kaiser Permanente clinic in Maui.
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Investing in her own health

Melissa Kelley, a night shift RN at the Kaiser Permanente TownPark Comprehensive Medical Center in Georgia, struggled with being overweight, even obese, all of her life. She says she dieted off and on since high school and even considered weight-loss surgery in the past in an effort to manage her weight.

“After the birth of my son in 2011, I ballooned to an all-time highest weight of 270 pounds,” she says. “I had been struggling for a very long time with low self-esteem, a lack of self-confidence, the inability to enjoy physical activity with my son due to my size and fitness level, and the knowledge that I was teaching my son unhealthy eating habits by eating out at every single meal.”
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