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Healthful Work Environment


The NLN Task Group on Healthful Work Environments is proud to introduce the Healthful Work Environment Tool Kit, an extension of the work of the Task Group on Recruitment and Retention of Faculty and an outgrowth of the 2003 NLN Faculty Role Satisfaction survey.

Incorporating the survey’s recommendations, the tool kit comprises a series of questions and resources to be used by faculty and nursing education administrators to assess the climate at their schools. Insights gained from these assessments will be used to create healthful work environments that support faculty in their work, promote excellence and innovation, generate ideas for improving the work environment, and contribute to the recruitment and retention of faculty.

The HWE Tool Kit© can be used to: (a) engage faculty, administrators, students, and staff in a dialogue about how to improve or create a healthful work environment; and (b) design an action plan for continuous quality improvement. From a recruitment and retention standpoint, the assessment questions may be used by search committees as points to address with potential faculty members, by candidates interviewing for or seeking information about a faculty position, and by administrators to measure faculty satisfaction.

You can download a PDF of the NLN's Healthful Work Environment toolkit (PDF) (available for your personal reading only). An electronic format of the tool kit, which can be modified to be more specific to a particular situation, is also available as a Word document. To request copyright permission to duplicate, expand use for other than personal reading or modify the tool kit, complete the Request for Permission (DOC) and email to

In most instances, requests for permission will be approved within two weeks of receipt. Use of the tool kit for nursing education research or for duplication by NLN member schools and NLN members usually are approved at no cost. Non-member schools, individuals and organizations or publishers wishing to reproduce the tool kit in books or electronic media will be charged a fee for copyright permission based on intended use. Each individual submitting a copyright request will receive a written response, including citation requirements and an invoice (when a copyright permission fee is required). The fee must be paid in full before the electronic version of the tool kit will be provided. If a request is denied, an explanation will be provided.

The Task Group on Healthful Work Environments: A Task Group of the Nurse Educator Workforce Development Advisory Council (NEWDAC)
Marilyn Brady, PhD, RN (Chair)
Elizabeth A. Gazza, MSN, RN, FACCE
Layna Himmelberg, MSN, RN
Melissa Lambert, MSN, RN
Karen Mittura, MSN, RN, CCRN
Karen Morin, DSN, RN
Deborah Ulmer, PhD, RN
Max Veltman, MSN, RN, CPNP
Kathleen Walsh, EdD, RN,C
Mary Stedman, MS, RN, ANP, CNE (Liaison from NEWDAC)
Patricia K. Young, PhD, RN (Liaison from NEWDAC)
Carol A. Fetters Andersen, MSN, RN (NLN Staff Liaison)

The NLN Task Group on Healthful Work Environments would like to thank and acknowledge the NLN members who were instrumental in initial development of the tool kit:
The Task Group on Recruitment and Retention of Nurse Educators
Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN (Chair)
Marilyn Brady, PhD, RN
Dana Charles Clark, EdD, RN
Elizabeth A. Gazza, MSN, RN, FACCE
Donna B. Jensen, PhD, RN
Karen Mittura, MSN, RN, CCRN
Karen Morin, DSN, RN
Patricia K. Young, PhD, RN
Carol A. Boswell, EdD, RN (Liaison from NEWDAC)
Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN (NLN Staff Liaison)

The Healthful Work Environment Tool Kit© (PDF) »