The Association notes: “At no other time in health care’s history has there been more turbulence, rapid change, or complexity. Today’s work environments demand even more attention to the fundamental issues of these standards, because stakes are high, and patients’ lives depend on it.”
See Also: Humanising Intensive Care - Declaration of Torrejón
The standards are designed to foster healthy work environments and thus contribute to ensuring patient safety and optimal outcomes, enhancing staff recruitment and retention, and maintaining health care organisations’ financial viability. They represent evidence-based and relationship-centered principles of professional performance.
There are 6 standards:
- Skilled communication - equal proficiency in communication and clinical skills
- True collaboration - relentless pursuit and fostering of true collaboration
- Effective decision making - valued and committed partners in leading organizational operations
- Appropriate staffing - effective match between patient needs and nurse competencies
- Meaningful recognition - authentic acknowledgement of the value each person brings to the work of the organization.
- Authentic leadership - adoption of the HWE imperative and engagement of others to achieve it.
Source and image credit: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses