Prior to Trusted Health, the community forums for nurses were fragmented among individual Facebook groups, each serving a specific purpose or niche. In contrast, the Trusted Health community provides a wealth of opportunities for nurses to connect with each other, seek employment, and advance their careers.
“When we asked nurses what they're looking for in a community, overwhelmingly the word that we saw again and again and again, was support
,” says Nicole Warshauer, Head of Community for Trusted Health.
Despite widespread attention given to the mental health of healthcare workers since the onset of the pandemic, results from a Trusted Health survey
highlighted that the vast majority of nurses nationwide feel unsupported at both a facility and industry level; in addition, 95 percent of nurses feel that their mental health and well-being was either not a priority or that there were inadequate measures in place to support it.
“Nurses need support from each other, support from their facilities, support from the industry at large. Unfortunately, it has taken this past year for the public to collectively recognize the indispensable role that nurses play in our healthcare system, and the strain that the pandemic added to an already demanding job. They truly deserve to be cared for from all different angles of their career and their wellbeing.”
Nicole and the Trusted Health team began to look for ways to effectively connect and support their community as the pandemic took hold around the world and made physical events impossible. “We realized we needed to go virtual so we decided to look for a platform that was easy to manage and could facilitate connection among the thousands of members in our rapidly expanding community.”