Leadership Pearls from Restructuring to a Mixed-Acuity ICU

Author(s): Knippa Sara M

Contact Hours 1.17

CERP C 1.17

Expires Dec 31, 2023

Topics: Healthy Work Environment, Leadership

Role: Educator, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The restructuring of a nursing unit can be a time of chaos and uncertainty. This session outlines leadership strategies to foster a culture of teamwork during significant change, and educational approaches to orienting an entire unit to a higher level of care. Learn about the complexities of merging from leaders who transitioned an ICU and PCU into one patient-centered, mixed-acuity unit. We share challenges, successes and outcomes of the change.


  • Examine reasons for the restructure of a cardiac ICU and a cardiac PCU into a mixed-acuity unit.
  • Assess leadership and educational strategies used during the process of merging two critical care units.
  • Evaluate patient, staff and unit outcomes one year after transition to a mixed-acuity ICU.

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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 1.17 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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