Healthy work environment best practices: Supporting leaders in evidence-based management decision making towards clinical nursing excellence
Irmajean Bajnok, RN, PhD; Sara White; Linda O'Brien Pallas RN, MScN, PhD
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- Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Healthy work environments are a critical component of quality patient care, nurse satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness. In an attempt to provide supports for those in leadership positions to enable evidence-based management decision making for quality care, a major professional association developed six foundational healthy work environment best practice guidelines. These guidelines enable evidence-informed management decision making in the areas of leadership, teamwork, professionalism, workload and staffing, cultural diversity in the workplace, and workplace health safety and well being, and facilitate clinical excellence. In 2005 a 4 year pilot project was commenced to evaluate the impact of implementing HWE BPGs on selected units/teams in nine health care organizations. The study demonstrated the profound impact that a focus on creating a healthy workplace by leaders and staff can have on key outcomes related to aspects of each of the HWE BPGs. The research showed that implementing HWE BPGs made a difference for nurses in their perceptions of the work environment, quality of care, and ease of use of the HWE BPGs in a sustained way over time, and reinforced the critical role of leadership at all levels in creating healthy workplaces. In this presentation, the HWE BPG program elements will be highlighted, as will the nature of the comprehensive research undertaken to determine the impact of HWE BPGs on key nurse and organizational variables. Finally key findings related to the impact of HWE BPG implementation, the leadership factor, and effective knowledge transfer strategies in creating healthy work environments will be shared.
41st Biennial Convention - 29 October-2 November 2011. Theme: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & convention Center.
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|Keywords||Healthy Work Environments;
Quality Nurse Outcomes;
Evidence-based Management Decision Making
|CINAHL Subject(s)||Althea Stewart-Pyne, Althea|
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