From August-December 2020, RNconnect ran as a pilot funded by a grant received from the American Nurses Foundation. Sixteen text messages were sent over an 8-week period. These messages included optimistic and uplifting messages, as well as informational web links to practical well-being exercises and practices. This pilot project was so successful that RNconnectMA was launched in Massachusetts in May 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the need to support mental well-being, especially for nurses who are already facing alarming levels of burnout and psychological trauma. RNconnect 2 Well-being is an opt-in text messaging system where Nurses receive two supportive messages weekly that connect them to self-care resources. Sign up for this free resource by texting RNconnectMA to 60298.