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How to Improve Nursing Work Environments

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 24th, 2015

A University of Pennsylvania study showed that Kaiser and Magnet hospitals often have better outcomes than others. One thing that makes them stand out from the rest is better nursing work environments.

In response to the nurse shortage in the early 2000s, Kaiser Permanente made a deliberate, research-based effort to invest in nursing, says Marilyn Chow, PhD, RN, Vice President of National Patient Care Services and Innovation for Kaiser Permanente.

study of Kaiser hospitals conducted in 2005 and 2006 found that their nurses spent more than 35 percent of their time on documentation. In 2005, the system switched to electronic medical records, which helped streamline paperwork. They also notenurse work environmentd that nurses spent a lot of time hunting and gathering equipment and information. In response, Kaiser Permanente rearranged the work environment to make things more convenient.

“We wanted to make sure that we were a place that nurses wanted to work,” Chow said. “If you have nurses who are happy and joyful at their work, they will definitely pass that on and be caring and compassionate.”

To improve your nursing work environment to create happy and joyful nurses, resulting in improved patient care and reimbursements, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

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