The Secret to Positive Patient Care June 20, 2019

The Secret to Positive Patient Care

Recent research by the University of Pennsylvania’s nursing school found that providing a pleasant work environment for nurses leads to a variety of benefits.

These benefits include improved quality of care for patients, increased satisfaction of both patients and nurses, and reduced risk in adverse outcomes.

The team of students at Penn Nursing gathered data from 17 different studies based off of 165,000 nurses, 1.3 million patients, and 2600 various hospitals.

The research was based on four different categories: nurse job satisfaction, nurse quality assessments and safety checks, patient health, and patient satisfaction. Noteworthy links were found between these categories and the kind of work environment provided and established by the healthcare employer.

Associate Director and Professor of Nursing and Sociology Eileen Lake stated: “Our quantitative synthesis of the results of many studies revealed that better work environments were associated with lower odds of negative outcomes ranging from patient and nurse job dissatisfaction to patient mortality.” Eileen is also the Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair of Penn State’s Nursing and Health Policy.

Results proved and connected better working conditions with fewer instances of nurses quitting their posts or reporting safety/quality concerns. Penn State’s study found that, when interviewed, 29% of nurses said that they were less likely to quit in a pleasant working environment but 35% more likely to leave if the workplace was a reduced atmosphere.

A similar study published by the online journal Medical Care also illustrated these results. The study found that patients were 7% less likely to have a negative outcome medically or terminally if the workplace settings had good quality conditions for nurses and medical staff. Also, in these same environments, 16% more patients reported they were satisfied with their care. To conclude the findings of the studies done by the Nursing School of the University of Pennsylvania, Eileen Lake said that the results “warrants the resources and attention of healthcare administrators.”

These findings should be an eye-opening signal to all healthcare employers. It is significantly essential to the patient wellbeing and staff satisfaction of a workplace to have a positive and safe environment for medical staff to work in.
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