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An innovative approach to improving the healthy work environment while simultaneously addressing nurse staffing was introduced by the Organization of Nurse Leaders of NJ (ONLNJ) in 2017 with the support of the Chief Nursing Officers Constituency of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA), the NJ Council of Magnet Organizations (NJCOMO), and the NJ Council of Deans and Directors. The model framework is based on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Health Work Environments. ONL NJ is pleased to announce the launch of the eighth cohort of the NWESC to begin in the spring of 2024.


The NWESC's have expanded into several cohorts and all NWESC members will attend the complete education series with curricula based upon the AACN (2016; 2005) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environment which include:

  • Skilled Communication
  • True Collaboration
  • Effective Decision Making
  • Appropriate Staffing
  • Meaningful Recognition
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Resilience (adopted by ONL NJ in 2021)


NWESC Cohort VIII will be held in two sessions. The first is a virtual session on April 24 and the second is an in-person session on May 15 at New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton.


Session 1 – Virtual April 24, 2024, 9 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. topics include:

  • NWESC Overview and Structure
  • NWESC Research
  • Meaningful Recognition
  • Resilience
  • Authentic Leadership

Session 2 – In-person May 15, 2024, 8 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. at New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton topics include:

  • Skilled Communication
  • Effective Decision Making
  • Appropriate Staffing
  • True Collaboration

Learner Outcome(s) for Cohort VIII:


1) At the conclusion of this program, the learner will gain knowledge in how to establish and sustain a healthy work environment and will self-report confidence in adopting a Nursing Workplace Environment and Staffing Council (NWESC), which may be transferable to their practice, nursing department and organization.


2) Within 6 months of the Cohort VIII Session 2, learners will self-report having established a Nursing Workplace Environment and Staffing Council (NWESC), as the framework for their practice, nursing department and organization.


Successful completion of the education sessions is defined as attendance for 100 percent for each learning session and a completed course evaluation for each session.


Target Audience:

Includes existing NWESC hospital council members from previous cohorts, new members to the NWESC hospital councils, and newly identified hospitals who are on the journey to establishing the NWESC model.


Continuing Nursing Education Credits:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Approval refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or or ANCC approval or endorsement of the content of this educational activity.


May 15, 2024

8:00 AM - 2:25 PM (EDT)

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