Study: Nurses' Work Environment Influences Quality of Care

A recent study suggests that nurses' physical work environments can significantly impact the quality of care they deliver, according to research published in Health Care Management Review.

For their study, researchers distributed a 98-question survey to 1,226 registered nurses. The work is park of the RN Work Project, a nationwide, 10-year longitudinal survey of registered nurses that began in 2006.


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Results from the 98-question surveys showed several factors significantly contribute to registered nurses' perception of the quality of care delivered at their respective organizations. In order of influence, those factors include physical work environment, workgroup cohesion, nurse-physician relations, procedural justice and job satisfaction.

Nurses' ratings of patient care quality were also higher in hospitals with Magnet recognition programs and lower in work settings with greater organizational constraints, such as lack of equipment and supplies.

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