If you want to build a healthy work environment (HWE) but don’t know where to begin, the foundational resources below will help you get started. When you’re ready, download our free HWE Standards booklet and try the AACN HWE Assessment Tool to identify areas of improvement in your workplace and receive actionable, evidence-based tips.

Complimentary HWE Standards Booklet
The AACN Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments booklet details our six HWE standards and outlines a clear path toward success. The PDF copy is free for all registered AACN.org users.
Free AACN HWE Assessment Tool
Measure the health of your unique work environment against the six standards. Simply answer a few questions to create a customized unit assessment survey that can diagnose problem areas and suggest improvements.

Healthy Work Environment Standards in Tele-Critical Care Nursing

Dec. 2023

HWEAT 2.0: How Do I Know If My Work Environment Is Healthy?

Nov. 2023

My Work Environment is Unhealthy, Now What?

Jun. 2023

A Healthy Work Environment Begins with You

Mar. 2023

Healthy Work Environments: Getting Started 2023-2024

Jan. 2023

Adapting the Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool for French-Canadian Intensive Care Nurses

Jan. 2023

Building a Healthy Work Environment on Your Unit

Jan. 2023

Starting Now: Implementing the Healthy Work Environment Standards Is More Important Than Ever

Dec. 2022

National Nurse Work Environments-October 2021: A Status Report

Aug. 2022

Encouraging Nurse-Driven Initiatives and Healthy Work Environments

Mar. 2022

Improving Nurse Well-being: The Need Is Urgent and the Time Is Now

Jan. 2022

Intensive Care Unit Utilization Following Major Surgery and the Nurse Work Environment

Dec. 2021

Changing Unit Culture One Bite at a Time

Nov. 2021

Health Promotion for Nurses' Work Environments

Nov. 2021

Implementing AACN's Healthy Work Environment Framework in an Intensive Care Unit

Nov. 2021

Nurse Strong: Recognizing and Mitigating Moral Distress

May 2021

Creating Healthy Work Environments: An Evidence-Based Toolkit for Nurses

Apr. 2021

Key Elements of the Critical Care Work Environment Associated With Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction

Mar. 2021

Healthy Work Environments in a Crisis

Mar. 2021

Successful Staffing Starts With Culture

Feb. 2021

Coaching Nurses on Building Resilience in a Turbulent Time

Sep. 2020

Disruptive Innovation for the Unstoppable Nurse

Aug. 2020

Maintaining Unit Resilience During COVID-19

Aug. 2020

Moral Distress in a Crisis: What, Why, and How to Cope

Jun. 2020

Protect Yourself: Prepare for and Prevent Workplace Violence

Nov. 2019

Critical Care Nurse Work Environments 2018: Findings and Implications

Apr. 2019

Building a Healthy Work Environment

Apr. 2019

Healthy Work Environments Standards Poster Available for Download and Self-printing

Oct. 2009

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