The Oregon Center for Nursing and BALA Footwear have launched the RN Well-Being Project.

The project aims to address the stress and trauma the coronavirus pandemic has had on nurses.

The nursing nonprofit was created by nursing leaders in 2002 and facilitates research and collaboration for Oregon’s nursing workforce. The footwear company, established in 2020 and headquartered in Portland, designs shoes aimed at supporting the demands of nursing.

BALA has committed 100% of profits from its DEFY product line to support the wellness project.

The wellness project aims to help nurses and employers prioritize mental and emotional health by providing advice, best practices and interventions.

Through BALA’s contribution, the project will also provide start-up funding for wellness projects across the state.

The first phase of the project is underway and is set to be completed by the end of the year. The footwear company’s donation will kick-off fundraising for the second phase of the program, which is slated to start in January.

The Oregon Center for Nursing hopes to raise $1 million to award small grants to nursing organizations across the state to implement new concepts and prioritize mental and emotional health for nurses.

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