Promoting Healthy Work Environments : The American Association Of Critical Care Nurses

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Promoting Healthy Work Environments
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is committed to bringing its influence and resources to create healthy, safe, and humane work environments that respect the rights and responsibilities of all people, including patients, their families, nurses, and other health care professionals (AACN, 2016). In order to create these healthy work environments for patients, nurses, and healthcare professionals, the AACN created Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments. The six standards: skilled communication, true collaboration, effective decision-making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition, and authentic leadership give healthcare professionals the framework necessary for healthy and safe work environments, as well as, give professionals opportunities necessary for growth and development (AACN). After taking the assessment provided by the AACN in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of my current work environment, it was found that the unit I work in needs improvement in skilled communication, true collaboration, and appropriate staffing.
The ACCN recommends nurses be as proficient in communication skills as they are in clinical skills, as it will protect both patients and nurses from sentinel events and stressful work environments (AACN, 2016). The communication on the unit I currently work on needs some serious improvement because the current lack of communication makes for an…

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