Is your workplace healthy?

Connie Barden, AACN Past-President, discussed challenges in her work environment with conference attendees.

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"I was about to contribute to a system that wasn't working. I had ordered a bedside commode and was told Central Services was too busy. Though I had patients, I was about to leave the unit to pick it up. Then I thought, 'What's wrong with this picture? Nurses are an invaluable resource-in short supply.' Instead I worked with the supply manager to create a better system. When we engage in finding solutions with our colleagues, more than processes are improved. Cultures change. Work environments get healthier."

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