Having friends at work is important for feeling connected and promoting nurse retention. At a time when critical care nurses are experiencing high levels of burnout, workplace teamwork and social support are essential. Some of my best friendships at work have been formed through shared experiences. Shared experiences outside of work have included baby showers, amateur sports, and escape rooms. Shared experiences within the work setting that have also helped me create friendships have included working on a committee, creating engaging education, and supporting each other through caring for patients with COVID-19.

This column’s coauthors are a team of critical care educators who worked together to develop the certification review questions. I hope that the shared experience of this project helped them connect with each other and build their friendship in a new way.


Mechanical ventilation is indicated for a patient who has severe acute respiratory distress syndrome...

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