Which type of unit has the healthiest work environments and which have the least healthy work environments?

In the first article in this series, “Confirmation of a Healthy Work Environment,”1 evidence to support 4 key points was presented:

  1. The work environment of nurses at the front line in hospitals must be improved if patients are to receive safe, quality care and if nurses are to experience professional fulfillment and job satisfaction, remain in their positions, and experience less turnover, job stress, and burnout.

  2. In 2001, staff nurses in 14 magnet hospitals identified, from the original criteria of a magnetic work environment, 8 work processes essential to job satisfaction and work productivity2 (Table 1). In their standards for establishing and sustaining healthy work environments,3 the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses defines a healthy work environment in...

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