What does the Healthy Work Environment Team Assessment measure?
The assessment measures the current health of your work environment against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.
Download the standards
What are the AACN Healthy Work Environment Standards?
The standards uniquely identify systemic behaviors that are often discounted, despite compelling evidence that
they contribute to creating unsafe conditions and obstruct the ability of individuals and organizations to achieve
excellence. The six standards are:
Nurses must be as proficient in communication skills as they are in clinical skills.
Nurses must be relentless in pursuing and fostering true collaboration.
Effective Decision Making
Nurses must be valued and committed partners in making policy, directing, and evaluating clinical care and
leading organizational operations.
Staffing must ensure the effective match between patient needs and nurse competencies.
Nurses must be recognized and must recognize others for the value each brings to the work of the organization.
Nurse leaders must fully embrace the imperative of a healthy work environment, authentically live it, and engage
others in its achievement.
How much does the assessment cost?
The assessment is absolutely free, even when used more than once with the same group.
Why is there no charge?
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has identified creation of healthy work environments are a vital
need of nurses and the organizations where they work. AACN is committed to removing barriers to implementation so
the standards document and this assessment are provided free of charge.
How is this assessment administered?
A link to the assessment is sent via email to all participants by the group's assessment administrator.
Who is the assessment administrator?
This is the person who registers a group for the assessment. It can be anyone, but most often it will be a manager
or clinical leader.
How long does the assessment take to administer?
Depending on how many people will be invited to take the assessment, an assessment administrator can register
and send email invitations in less than 15 minutes.
How long does it take to complete the assessment?
The 18-question assessment should not take longer than 10 minutes to complete.
Are the responses anonymous?
Yes, all responses are anonymous and confidential. The report will not contain individual participants' answers,
but will compile the results anonymously.
Who receives the assessment report?
The assessment administrator receives an anonymous summary report for his/her group. This report does not contain
the answers of the individual participants.
What information does the assessment report provide?
Will information collected in the assessment be shared with outside groups?
AACN may analyze aggregate data. If reports are published, they will not disclose the names of participating
organizations, assessment administrators, or assessment subjects.
Who sponsors this initiative?
The AACN Healthy Work Environment Team Assessment is sponsored by VitalSmarts
What Internet browsers are supported?
While the AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment Web site will work in Internet Explorer 6.x,
some layout and behaviors may not be optimal. Microsoft has discontinued official support for Internet Explorer 6.x
and there are risks in continued usage. For the best experience we recommend upgrading to a newer version of Internet Explorer, or
using Firefox or Safari/Chrome browsers, as they are fully supported.