To introduce you to the Healthy Work Environment (HWE) National Collaborative, we’ve summarized key details about the program and the application process. AACN encourages you to thoroughly review our comprehensive Program Overview and Application Instructions Guide before applying to participate in the program.

  • Program Overview

  • Application Process

The HWE National Collaborative is an education, mentorship and co-learning program that facilitates implementation of the HWE Standards among a national network of hospitals working together.


24 months


Estimated 135 units in 45 hospitals – three units per hospital, with one critical care unit required

Start Date

Spring 2024 (exact date TBD)


Interdisciplinary participation across the continuum of care within each hospital (reflective of a typical patient’s wellness journey)


Curriculum based on implementation science methodology and evidence-based strategies to support sustainable integration of AACN’s HWE Standards into unit culture


Hybrid program delivery including both virtual and in-person learning and collaboration

  • Monthly virtual co-learning sessions
  • One in-person program kickoff followed by two collaborative meetings (one each at mid-point and conclusion)
Team Composition

13 healthcare professionals per hospital team:

  • 1 Hospital executive
  • 1 Director
  • 1 Physician
  • 1 CNS or educator
  • 3 Direct care managers (1 from each of the 3 units)
  • 3 Direct care RNs (1 from each of the 3 units)
  • 3 Non-nurse representatives from healthcare teams that interact with all 3 units (e.g., RT, PT, nutrition, pharmacy, etc.)

Periodic data collection to assess progress, including Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool surveys.


Largely subsidized by AACN Innovation Grant funding – $1,500 per unit ($4,500 total for a three-unit hospital team)

Application for participation in the HWE National Collaborative is online only. We recommend that prospective participants submit their application early to ensure space availability.

Where to apply

Get the link to apply online in our Program Overview & Application Instructions PDF (linked below)


Friday, Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m. PT

Required Information
  • Primary and secondary contacts
  • Hospital profile
  • Participating units
  • HWE-focused goals and challenges
  • Letter of Commitment signed by hospital executive and unit leader
Application Review

Applications will be reviewed in order of submission. Only complete applications will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Important Note

The online application must be completed in one sitting (no “save and return” function) – please review and collect requested information before beginning your application.

Selection Status

Written notification of selection status will be provided by Jan. 5, 2024