Nursing Role

Role of Professional Nursing Organizations in Maintaining a Healthy Workplace
Tanya Barbeau

The role of professional nursing organizations in maintaining a healthy workplace is one that focuses on patient safety, nurse retention and recruitment. The legacy of Florence Nightingale regarding the importance of total healing environments for patients has had a momentous influence on the development of the fundamental values of healthy work environments. Difficult working conditions are cited as a factor in the nursing faculty shortage.
( Kuehn,2010) Workplaces can be healthy if nurses and employers are determined in their desire to concentrate on not only the physical environment, but also less substantial hurdles to staff and patient safety. A healthy work environment not only establishes a desirable workplace, but also provides the road to positively impact the effectiveness of the work itself. A healthy work environment is one that is energizing, healthy, successful, and able to flexibly adapt to a constantly changing set of circumstances. Attention to, and action based on, an understanding of the complexity of a nurses work and the value of implementing strategies, have the potential to achieve the goals of environments that include safe, quality care, desired patient outcomes, and nurse recruitment and retention (Ebright, 2010). Nurses need to have up-to-date information and situational awareness about what is happening in the clinical setting. Healthy work environments that support and foster excellence in patient care focus on designing processes to eliminate actual and potential system gaps that increase the difficulty of the nurse’s job.
Strategies in Practice
Strategies professional nursing organizations have used to promote a healthy nursing workplace, having patient dashboards, creating “healthy promotion” committees, monthly newsletters, internship programs, bulletin boards and staff mentors. The use of patient dashboards gives...