Work Environments and Staffing: A Deeper Dive into the AACN 2021 Survey Results

Author(s): Linda F Cassidy

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Oct 05, 2024

Topics: Beacon, Healthy Work Environment

Role: APRN, Researcher, Educator, Staff, Manager

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

AACN has been conducting work environment surveys over the past 15 years. After a brief overview of the most recent 2021 results, comparing pre- and intra-pandemic data, this session provides attendees with the opportunity for dialogue related to how these findings, specific to the nurse work environment and staffing, are applicable to their units. Implications for immediate action and strategies for improvement are identified.


  • Compare and contrast pre and intra pandemic results with an emphasis on staffing.
  • Discuss the impact these results may have on the national, organization and unit level.
  • Identify strategies that can be readily implemented to enhance the nurse work environment and appropriate staffing.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

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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