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

Author(s): Heather Pena, Jessica Seabrooks, Jason Stokes

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Healthy Work Environment, Leadership

Role: Manager, Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

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 Standards and how each relates to patient and nurse outcomes. Further, specific examples of how to implement each standard are reviewed. Finally, we outline ways to convey to your organization how implementing HWE standards can improve nurse retention and promote positive patient outcomes.


  • List the six Healthy Work Environment standards.
  • Describe the relationship between AACN’s HWE Standards and patient and nurse outcomes.
  • Implement two to three Health Work Environment strategies.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will be identified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

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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