Our Origin Story

Our operation officially launched in 2020, but the idea sparked much earlier. We were founded by Shannon McPeek, a neonatal ICU nurse. At the start of her career, Shannon deeply suffered from work-related anxiety. It was spirit-crushing, affecting both her personality and health. She felt isolated and didn’t think anyone else could understand her struggles, but this couldn’t have been further from the truth. Many of her colleagues and friends, she learned, were dealing with similar mental health issues. This realization motivated her to kick-start our non-profit community to help the nursing profession battle work-related stress, anxiety and depression together.


Message from the Founder

Today, we’re a community of more than a thousand nurses across the country—but we’re continuing to grow! Watch the video to learn more.

Our Mission

To help all nurses struggling with stress, anxiety and/or depression by offering a community focused on improving overall mental health and physical wellbeing.

We’re in this Together

Our online community is a place where nurses can decompress and engage with one another to practice stress-relief and talk work-related issues.

Your Wellbeing is Our Priority

We’ve created a safe, secure space—all members of OHN are verified nurses.

Free for All

Our online community is available to all nurses free of charge, regardless of your tenure, level or specialty.

We take Care of YOU

We provide you with the tools to personalize your OHN experience. Just create your profile and then choose from our list of resources based on your interests.

A Special Shout Out to Our Diamond Partners

“Ingenovis Health is a family of forward-thinking healthcare companies with established expertise in staffing, yet a nimble, new approach to doing the job right. We are passionate about creating change in healthcare and making a difference in the lives of others; Ingenovis companies deliver jobs and bring skilled clinicians to the bedside with integrity and care. Together, these values have created an ingenious new force in the healthcare industry.
“As a dermatologist-developed brand rooted in the medical community, Cerave® is committed to supporting healthcare professionals and proud to expand the brand’s dedication to the field of nursing. Nurses work through long shifts and high-stress situations yet show compassion and offer a healing touch to everyone they encounter—and they deserve some care of their own.”

Our Progress

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Support Our Nurses!

Operation Happy Nurse is a grassroots movement made up of those who give themselves every day to care for you and your loved ones. Help us care for these lifesavers, caregivers, and badass humans in return. Your donation will go to developing content and providing personalized support and a stress-free user experience for each and every nurse. What you see today is just a starting point—we need YOU to help us grow.

Content Creation

Your donation will help make this support community a reality. In order to make Operation Happy Nurse a personalized and successful product, we need support to help develop content for our users.

Website Development

Your donation also helps support development and housing of this website, register of our trademark, and develop a personalized experience. The website you see today is just a starting point! We plan to expand it to include personalized content and user experiences for each nurse.

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OHN Happenings

The Operation Lemon-Aid Gala was a remarkable evening dedicated to fundraising for two incredible mental health nonprofits, Operation Happy Nurse and The Lemons Foundation, as well as working to #endthestigma. This year’s gala was elegantly catered by The Butcher’s Daughter, known for their wellness-focused vegetable-based cuisine. The event was co-hosted by Tay Lautner, founder of The Lemons Foundation, and Shannon McPeek, founder of Operation Happy Nurse.

We honored four exceptional individuals who participated in a fireside chat discussing topics surrounding mental health and wellbeing.

This year’s honorees: Jamie Pandit, Victoria Garrick Browne, Amy Loughren, and Karena Dawn

The gala was a resounding success, filled with inspiring stories and a strong sense of community for mental health advocacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does an Operation Happy Nurse Membership Cost?

Absolutely nothing! We want to provide a free, stress-relief haven where you can be surrounded by peers going through similar journeys.

What does the Webpage Include?

We don’t want to spoil the fun, but as part of the OHN community, YOU get to personalize your stress relief profile using our many resources. Resources include fitness and yoga videos, guided meditation, weekly recipes from our own Chef Jen, nutritional blog posts from our amazing OHN Dietitians, and much more. Sign up now to have access to the stress relief haven in its entirety!

How are My Donations to Operation Happy Nurse Used?

All contributions go toward developing and serving the Operation Happy Nurse community. This includes housing the website, developing content, providing the best stress-relief resources, as well as community outreach to nurses.

How can I get Involved?

Email our team at [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer to help the cause. Anyone and everyone’s support is welcome (and encouraged!) to address this problem that plagues the nursing community.

If you have other questions not addressed by our FAQs, please email our team at [email protected], and we will respond to you as quickly as possible!

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