Work Environment Resources

Books

Avoiding Malpractice: 10 Rules, 5 Systems, 20 Cases
Advice from health care attorney Carolyn Buppert, who lectures frequently on medical-legal issues

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High
A guide to help navigate daily conversations that affect your life

How to Be Happy at Work: A Practical Guide to Career Satisfaction
This book features real-life stories and case studies of career success and satisfaction.

Journal Articles

Disch J, Walton M, & Barnsteiner J. The role of the clinical nurse specialist in creating a healthy work environment. AACN Clinical Issues: Advanced Practice in Acute & Critical Care. 2001;12(3):345-355.

Erickson IJ. Overview and summary: promoting healthy work environments: a shared responsibility. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. 2010;15(1).

Shirey MR. Authentic leaders creating healthy work environments for nursing practice. American Journal of Critical Care. 2006;15:256-267.

Available for Download

AACN Standards for Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Work Environments

Web-based Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool – This tool will allow you and your team to collectively measure your work environment's current health against the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments.

Silence Kills: The Seven Crucial Conversations for Healthcare
This study report suggests that there are seven crucial conversations that people in healthcare frequently fail to hold that likely add to unacceptable error rates. The nationwide study was conducted by VitalSmarts in partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

This study suggests that improvement in these seven crucial conversations could not only contribute to significant reductions in errors, but also to improvements in quality of care, reduction in nursing turnover and marked improvement in productivity.

Web Resource

NetSpeed FASTTRACKS
This webpage provides a series of free podcasts to help develop leadership skills.