Implementing AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Framework in an Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Kelly Kester, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, Heather Pena, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, Catherine Shuford, BSN, RN, CCRN, Corrie Hansen, BSN, RN, CCRN, Jason Stokes, RN, CCRN, Kayla Brooks, BSN, RN, CCRN, Tanya Bolton, BSN, RN, CCRN, Amanda Ornell, BSN, RN, CCRN, Philip Parker, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, Janice Febre, BSN, RN, CCRN, Kelly Andrews, BSN, RN, CCRN, Gregory Flynn, BSN, RN, CCRN, Rex Ruiz, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, Tonya Evans, BSN, RN, Mollie Kettle, BSN, RN, CCRN-CSC, Jacqueline Minter and Bradi Granger

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires May 31, 2026

Topics: Healthy Work Environment

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Findings from this study suggest that interventions addressing the HWE standards are associated with improved staff satisfaction, turnover, and average tenure, further demonstrating the value of the HWE framework in improving retention.


  • List each component of AACN's Healthy Work Environment (HWE) standards.
  • Outline the relationship between AACN's HWE standards and patient and nurse outcomes.
  • Identify an implementation strategy for each AACN HWE standard.

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