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Nurses Leading Change to Support Well-Being on Your Unit

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

Oct 03, 2024 - Dec 12, 2024



Topics: Healthy Work Environment, Leadership

Role: Manager, APRN, Staff


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$379 for AACN members
$479 for nonmembers


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Event Summary

It’s likely that you’ve experienced dramatic changes in your work environment since the start of the pandemic, and not necessarily for the better.

The physical, psychological, social, spiritual and moral impacts of our 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 their own well-being and that of their colleagues. But where do you start?

AACN’s “Nurses Leading Change for Well-being” live virtual course 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 online experience shares implementation science and well-being concepts to foster 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 from experienced leadership faculty. The course provides experiential learning – including small group work –with faculty providing guidance and serving as a resource throughout. Course objectives include:

  • Deconstructing the impact of a unit’s unhealthy work environment on nurses and their peers
  • Understanding how a healthy work environment can help realign nurses’ well-being
  • Identifying strategies for designing and leading change that enhances the health of each nurse’s well-being in the workplace
  • Developing and implementing a plan to address personal well-being and the well-being of other nurses on the unit

Course Includes:

  • Four (4) three-hour virtual workshops
  • Expert coaching and consultation
  • Small-group virtual breakout sessions
  • Downloadable handouts and other supporting information
  • 12 CE contact hours (CERP Category C)

Registration and Fees

Registration will remain open until the first session begins on Oct. 3, unless the course sells out (75 participants maximum).

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 Thursdays:

  • Oct. 3
  • Oct. 31
  • Nov. 21
  • Dec. 12

More Information

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

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

Marian Altman is a clinical practice specialist with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). 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, Altman 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 (AACN). She is a past president of AACN, whose nursing career spans more than 40 years in clinical and leadership roles, primarily in Washington state. Brinker’s professional experience includes positions as leadership consultant, pediatric critical care clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, supervisor, staff nurse and U.S. Air Force nurse.

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

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

Stephanie Meyer is senior vice President and 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. Meyer has presented at NTI and she is an expert on leadership.

Jennifer Nelson, MHI, BSN, RN, CCRN

Jennifer Nelson, MHI, BSN, RN, CCRN

Jenny Nelson is a clinical practice specialist with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She has 20 years of experience in adult critical care in the Kansas City, Kansas area. Drawing on her expertise in change management strategy, innovation and implementation science, Nelson is a passionate advocate for empowering direct care nurses to lead change and grow as professionals.

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. She 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.