ARTICLEHealthy Workplaces and Ethical Environments A Staff Nurse's PerspectiveBrowne, Jennifer A. MSN, RN, CCRNAuthor Information School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and Northeast Baptist Hospital San Antonio, Texas. Corresponding Author: Jennifer A. Browne, MSN, RN, CCRN, Northeast Baptist Hospital, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, 8811 Village Dr, San Antonio, TX 78217 ([email protected]). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: July 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 253-261 doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0b013e3181ab9289 Buy Metrics Abstract Healthy workplaces contribute to improved patient safety and job satisfaction. In the development of healthy workplace cultures, various frameworks have been offered as strategy guides. There has also been a growing body of evidence that ethical climates and education can positively influence patient safety and job satisfaction. Within an ethical context, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses's Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments have been examined. It is proposed that the underpinnings of healthy workplace initiatives be built upon an ethical foundation that is apparent to staff nurses. The benefit of incorporation of an ethical context into workplace change is discussed. Evidence to support the proposal is cited and examples are given. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.