Original ArticlesAn Innovative Wellness Partner Program to Support the Health and Well-being of Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic Implementation and OutcomesTeall, Alice M. DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP; Mazurek Melnyk, Bernadette PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAANAuthor Information The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus (Dr Teall); and The Ohio State University, Columbus (Dr Melnyk). Correspondence: Alice M. Teall, DNP, APRN-CNP, FAANP, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH 43210 ([email protected]). Drs Teall and Melnyk received a grant from Trusted Health to initiate the Wellness Partner Program. No other conflicts of interest were declared by either author. Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2021 - Volume 45 - Issue 2 - p 169-174 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000457 Buy Metrics Abstract 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. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.