A Community of Exceptional Nurses
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, it is a privilege for the American Association
of Critical-Care Nurses to contribute to the success of this committee's important
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world's largest specialty
nursing organization. With a mission of providing and inspiring leadership to establish
work and care environments that are respectful, healing and humane, AACN is dedicated
to the vision of a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families,
where critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution.
Understandably, the relationship between working conditions in healthcare settings
and patient safety is of primary concern to our association. We wholeheartedly support
the Institute's efforts to identify key aspects of nurses' work environment that
affect patient safety and recommend potential improvements.
Note: Source documents for references 6, 8 and 10 have been submitted to the committee under separate cover.
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