Nurse Managers Leading the Way: Reenvisioning Stress to Maintain Healthy Work Environments

Author(s): Kimberly Dimino, DNP, RN, CCRN-K, Amy E. Learmonth, PhD, Christiam C. Fajardo, MSN, RN, CCRN, NVRN-BC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires May 31, 2026

Topics: Healthy Work Environment

Role: Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Drivers of stress also continue to challenge nurses, especially nurse managers, when it comes to establishing and sustaining healthy work environments (HWEs). Nurse managers have been handed the burden of managing the crisis not only operationally, but also mentally, emotionally, and even ethically and they may not be trained or prepared to take on the additional burden. Nurse managers’ most important duty is to look out for frontline staff. This article offers evidence-based guidance for nurse managers who are ready to accept this new set of responsibilities, build from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) HWE standards, tap into their own humanity, and make the experience of stress more productive as they lead frontline nurses during this crisis and beyond.


  • Explain the value of identifying and responding to stress in a mindful way.
  • Identify role modeling health and well-being as key to achieving AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments
  • Identify three techniques to support incorporating nurse-centered stress care into practice.

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