Nurse Retention: How to Improve Nursing Work Environments

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 25th, 2014

Despite the large and growing body of evidence proving that patients benefit when nurses have positive working conditions, there is still room for more research and improvements based on the evidence. Some organizations are still engaging in practices that are shown to diminish morale and job satisfaction among nurses. This also has a negative impact on nurse retention.

“Great progress has been made,” reports Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association. “But I still think that there is a distance for us to go.” Weston recommended that organizations take cues from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program or its Pathway to Excellence Program for recommendations on proven ways to improve the working environments for nurses.

The Magnet program is a rigorous program that recognizes a commitment to excellence in nursing practice and quality patient outcomes, and the Pathway to Excellence program requires that organizations meet 12 standards that are shown to foster an “ideal nursing practice environment.

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