Collaborative Partners

Interest in and support for the AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments continues to grow. We are pleased that the following organizations have joined in supporting the Standards.


An innovator in best-practices training products and services, VitalSmarts has partnered with AACN on the Silence Kills research and on bringing the issue of Healthy Work Environments to healthcare professionals through their Crucial Conversations programs and resources.

Dharma Consulting

Eric Klein is a respected visionary and international expert on personal and organizational renewal, corporate culture and leadership. Dharma Consulting offers seminars, workshops, coaching and training in Organizational Development, Personal and Organizational Renewal and Leadership.

The Reina Trust Building Institute

The Institute works with organizations that value relationships and realize the critical role they play in performance and success. They bring solutions that make trust-building a partner in the process of engaging people and conducting business. They link trust-building to strategic initiatives.

Joint Commission Resources

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), Inc., is a global, knowledge-based organization that disseminates information regarding accreditation, standards development and compliance, good practices and healthcare quality improvement. JCR is dedicated to helping healthcare organizations worldwide improve the quality of patient care and achieve peak performance.


The following organizations have endorsed the Healthy Work Environment Standards and pledge to promote them to their members. Organizations listed in chronological order of endorsement.

American College of Chest Physicians

The ACCP is the world's largest clinical cardiopulmonary and critical care medical society with 16,500 members in 100 countries. Members include physicians, allied health professionals and PhDs from the specialties of pulmonology, critical care medicine, thoracic surgery, cardiology, sleep and other chest-related specialties. Founded in 1935, the ACCP works to promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research and communication.

American Thoracic Society

With more than 15,000 members, the American Thoracic Society is a leading medical association, dedicated to advancing lung, critical care and sleep medicine.

Society of Critical Care Medicine

The SCCM is the largest multiprofessional organization dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With nearly 14,000 members in 80 countries, SCCM is the only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that promote excellence in patient care, education, research and advocacy.

Society of Hospital Medicine

With more than 10,000 members, SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients, and is committed to promoting excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through education, advocacy and research.

American Nephrology Nurses Association

The mission of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (ANNA) is to advance nephrology nursing practice and positively influence outcomes for patients with kidney disease through advocacy, scholarship and excellence. ANNA is committed to advancing the nephrology nursing specialty and nurturing every ANNA member.

They achieve these goals by providing the highest quality educational products, programs and services. Their members are leaders who advocate for patients, mentor each other and lobby legislators — all to inspire excellence.

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing and by lobbying Congress and regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Founded in 1987 to address the specific needs of nurses working in HIV/AIDS, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care has rapidly become a leader in the response to HIV disease and AIDS. With a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal, and an annual conference featuring national and international speakers and educational and scientific sessions on the latest developments in HIV nursing, ANAC is meeting the needs of nurses in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention and policy.

Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the national association for professional nurses dedicated to the advancement of emergency nursing practice. ENA assists nurses in emergency care settings and related fields in understanding the function, importance and impact of the role of emergency nurses through its professional publications, legislative updates and public relations activities regarding emergency nursing issues.

ENA monitors and addresses federal and state legislation affecting emergency nursing healthcare and practice through its networking system of chapters, state councils, national committees and a legislative consulting service.

Oncology Nursing Society

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of over 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research and administration in oncology nursing. It is the largest professional oncology association in the world.

Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center

The Bi-State Nursing Workforce Innovation Center ensures that the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area has the nursing resources to provide quality care through innovation using collaborations and key partnerships.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

AWHONN is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care. Its 23,000 members worldwide are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants.

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