Creating and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments: A Beginner’s Guide

Author(s): Pena Heather

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Healthy Work Environment

Role: Educator, APRN, Staff, Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

In today’s healthcare systems, critical care nurse turnover continues to climb. Strategies to improve nurse retention are essential. This foundational session describes AACN’s Healthy Work Environment (HWE) Standards and how each relate to patient and nurse outcomes. Further, specific examples of how to implement each standard through case studies is reviewed. Finally, we outline ways to convey to your organization how implementing HWE standards can improve nurse retention and promote positive patient outcomes.


  • List each component of AACN’s 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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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.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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