Critical Care Nurses’ Physical and Mental Health, Worksite Wellness Support, and Medical Errors

Author(s): Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, Alai Tan, PhD, Andreanna Pavan Hsieh, MPH, Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Lynne T. Braun, PhD, CNP, Sandra Dunbar, DSN, RN, Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, Lisa M. Lewis, PhD, RN, Angelica Millan, DNP, CNS, NP, Liana Orsolini, PhD, RN, Lorraine B. Robbins, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, Cynthia L. Russell, PhD, RN, Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, NC-BC, EBP-C, and JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2023

Topics: COVID-19, Healthy Work Environment, Patient Safety

Role: Staff

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Critical care nurses experience higher rates of mental distress and poor health than other nurses, adversely affecting health care quality and safety. It is not known, however, how critical care nurses’ overall health affects the occurrence of medical errors.


  • Identify the relationships among critical care nurses' health, perceived wellness support and medical errors.
  • Describe how hospital/healthcare system leaders can improve nurses' health and well-being and reduce errors in critical care units.
  • Discuss evidence-based interventions that are effective in reducing nurses' depression, anxiety, and stress.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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