Healthy Work Environments Improve Patient Outcomes and Reimbursements

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 14th, 2015

Because many people spend more than one-third of their waking hours at their jobs, it is no surprise that work environments have a significant impact on their lives. There has been an abundance of research in recent years analyzing the effects of a healthy work environment on nurses and on the people they serve.

increase patient satisfactionFor nurses, a healthy work environment correlates with good physical, mental, and spiritual health, positive relationships, and positive perception of work-life balance. In addition to these personal benefits, healthy environments also provide enhanced job satisfaction, increased professional development opportunities, and increased participation in work-related decisions.

Research proves that healthy work environments for nurses positively impact patient outcomes. Patients cared for by healthy nurses had fewer pressure ulcers, improved pain management, decreased falls, decreased mortality and increased satisfaction with care received.

Healthy work environments create healthy care environments. It is clear (and evidence-based) that the impacts are far-reaching. The benefits extend well beyond the caregiver, affecting patients and their families.

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