Nurses Leading Change to Support Well-Being on Your Unit

Presenter(s): Marian S Altman, PhD,RN,CCRN-K,CNS-BC; Debbie J Brinker, RN,MSN; Stephanie Meyer, MS,RN,FNP,NEA-BC; Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD,RN,FAAN

Sep 12, 2023 - Dec 19, 2023


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$379 for AACN members
$479 for nonmembers


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Event Summary

We’ve all heard – and likely experienced – that nurses’ work environments have changed dramatically since the start of the pandemic, and not necessarily for the better.

The physical, psychological, social, spiritual and moral impacts of the complex work environment can be debilitating – ultimately affecting patient outcomes. However, evidence shows that by taking an active role in creating a better, more supportive work environment, nurses can enhance both their own well-being and the well-being of their colleagues. But where do you start?

AACN’s course, “Nurses Leading Change to Support Well-Being on Your Unit,” provides knowledge and strategies to help nurses in all roles generate workplace change focused on improving well-being on the unit. This four-part, interactive experience shares implementation science and well-being concepts, targeting a renewed emphasis on self-worth, compassion and integrity through peer-to-peer connections.

Course Focus and Objectives

Participants will receive expert instruction, coaching and mentoring by experienced leadership faculty. Faculty will provide experiential learning – including small group work – and guidance throughout the course and serve as a resource for participants. Course objectives include:

  • Deconstruct the pandemic and its impact on nurses and their peers within their units
  • Understand how a healthy work environment can help realign nurses’ well-being
  • Identify strategies and design and lead change that enhances the health of each nurse’s well-being in the workplace
  • Develop and implement a plan to address personal well-being and the well-being of other nurses on their units

Course Includes:

  • Four three-hour virtual workshops
  • Expert coaching and consultation
  • Small group virtual breakout sessions
  • Downloadable handouts and other supporting information

Registration & Fees

AACN member: $379
Non-member: $479


The course consists of four virtual sessions (three hours each), as well as independent learning on an online platform. All group sessions take place from 7-10 a.m. PT on the following days:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17
  • Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19

More Information

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Marian S Altman, PhD,RN,CCRN-K,CNS-BC

Marian S Altman, PhD,RN,CCRN-K,CNS-BC

Marian Altman is a clinical practice specialist with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She has over 37 years of experience as a critical care nurse, including 30 years as an advanced practice RN. Prior to working at AACN, she spent 25 years as a clinical nurse specialist for a large academic medical center/level I trauma center in the southeastern U.S.

Debbie J Brinker, RN,MSN

Debbie J Brinker, RN,MSN

Debbie Brinker is a clinical practice specialist with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She is a past president of AACN with over 40 years of clinical and leadership experience, primarily in WA state. Experience includes leadership consulting, pediatric critical care clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager/supervisor/staff nurse, and U.S. Air Force nursing positions.

Stephanie Meyer, MS,RN,FNP,NEA-BC

Stephanie Meyer, MS,RN,FNP,NEA-BC

Stephanie Meyer is vice President and associate chief nursing officer at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Kansas and William Jewel College teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is an NTI speaker and an expert in leadership.

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD,RN,FAAN

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD,RN,FAAN

Cynda Rushton is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics and Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute of Bioethics and Schools of Nursing & Medicine. Dr. Rushton is an internationally recognized leader in nursing ethics, moral resilience and workforce issues and a long-time contributor to ground-breaking work on these topics.