ARTICLECase Study Creating a Healthy Workplace in a Surgical Trauma Intensive Care UnitReed, Charles C. MSN, RN, CNRN; Gerhardt, Susan D. MSN, RN; Fonseca, Ileana MPA, ADN, RN; Robertson, Kathryn BSN, RNAuthor Information Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital, University Health System, San Antonio, Texas. Corresponding Author: Susan D. Gerhardt, MSN, RN, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital, University Health System, 4502 Medical Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229 ([email protected]). The authors are grateful for the support of their CNO, Nancy Ray, as well as that of Mickey Parsons for their mentoring as we make this journey to shared decision-making. The creation of our action planning teams could not have been possible without the active leadership of the chairs of these teams: Denise Rios, James Stovall, Carmen Paccione, Marykutty Prasad, Sonya Holder, Celeste Friend, Tonna Graydon, Annette Ramirez, and Albert Hernandez. In addition, Michele Sherman's and Debbie Fraley's expertise and support as unit educators are greatly appreciated. Lastly, without the active participation and support of the entire STICU staff, this last years' journey would not have been possible. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: July 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 232-241 doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e3181ab924e Buy Metrics Abstract This case study describes the implementation of the Parsons' Healthy Workplace Theory and Intervention in a surgical intensive care unit in a level 1 trauma facility. This intervention and change strategy was the impetus for the creation of a more positive work environment by developing and empowering staff. The process led to shared decision making and development of action planning teams that subsequently became unit-based committees. The committees have focused goals, action plans, and timelines for achieving those goals. Transforming care and the enculturation of shared decision making at the bedside is essential for improving quality of patient care and for recruitment and retention of nurses. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.