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The Critical Care Work Environment and Nurse-Reported Health Care–Associated

Author(s): Deena Kelly, RN, PhD, Ann Kutney-Lee, RN, PhD, Eileen T. Lake, RN, PhD, and Linda H. Aiken, RN, PhD

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP C: 1.00

Expires Nov 01, 2017

Topics: HWE, PatientSafety

Population: Lifespan

Role: Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Critically ill patients are susceptible to health care–associated infections because of their illnesses and the need for intravenous access and invasive monitoring. The critical care work environment may influence the likelihood of infection in these patients.


  • Describe the key components of the Critical Care Work Environment and Nurse-Reported Health Care–Associated Infections study.
  • Analyze research findings and their relevance for nurses in the critical care setting.
  • Compare and contrast the incidence of nurse-reported health care–associated infections as they relate to the critical care work environment.

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Successful Completion

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