ARTICLEHealthy, Healthful, and Healing Environments A Nursing ImperativeStichler, Jaynelle F. DNSc, RN, FACHE, FAANAuthor Information School of Nursing, San Diego State University California. Corresponding Author: Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNSc, RN, FACHE, FAAN, School of Nursing, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182 ([email protected]). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: July 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 176-188 doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e3181ab9149 Buy Metrics Abstract The literature is replete with evidence about the effects of the work environment on nurses' stress levels, interdisciplinary collaboration, workload, job conflict, job satisfaction, and anticipated turnover. Healthcare leaders have been challenged by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), other professional organizations, and regulatory agencies to develop and sustain healthy work environments that support the professional practice of nursing. Magnet designation, the Beacon award, and other organizational structures and cultures led by authentic and transformational leaders have been the stimulus to ensure that workplaces are both healthy and healthful. The positive effect of healing environments on patient and provider outcomes has caused many healthcare leaders to strive to develop healing attributes within their philosophies of care and organizational cultural initiatives. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.