“Working in a Healthy Environment”

Healthy Work Environment is described as – productive, able to give quality care, satisfying and able to meet personal needs.

Attributes of a satisfying and productive work environment from the Perspective of Staff Nurses:

  • Work with other nurses who are clinically competent
  • Collegial nurse-physician and interdisciplinary relationships
  • Autonomy, clinical decision making
  • Supportive nurse managers
  • Control of nursing practice
  • Support for education
  • Perception that staffing is adequate
  • Culture in which concern for patients is paramount

Standards of a Healthy Work Environment: Perceptive of American Association of Critical Care Nurses

  • Skilled communication – nurses must be as proficient in communication skills as they are in clinical skills
  • True Collaboration – Nurses must be relentless in pursuing and fostering true collaboration
  • Effective Decision Making – Nurses must be valued and committed partners in making policy, directing, and evaluating clinical care and leading organizational operations


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