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Improving patient care by improving nurses' work environment
Date:11/30/2011

tors can improve a variety of work environment factors that are also likely to improve the quality of patient care, without having to change nurse-to-patient ratios. Improvements need to be strategic, because our work shows that the value of enhancing work environment varies across different factors."

For example, the researchers found that Magnet recognition has nearly the same impact on nurses' ratings of patient care quality as workgroup cohesion, but investing in workgroup cohesion is significantly less costly and complicated than applying for and earning Magnet recognition. Additionally, improvements in physical work environment are likely to yield a greater benefit for quality of patient care, as perceived by RNs, than improvements in nurse-physician relations. Then again, implementing a team building program is likely to be less costly than remodeling a hospital unit. Nonetheless, if a hospital is planning to remodel, incorporating RNs' preferences into the physical environment design could result in changes that improve the quality of patient care.

"Health care managers need to think about how they can best redesign RNs' work environments to promote high quality patient care," said Kovner. "They need to examine their resources and determine which changes are possible and which will have the most impact on improving patient care."


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Contact: Christopher James
christopher.james@nyu.edu
212-998-6876
New York University
Source:Eurekalert

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