The implementation of a professional practice model to improve the nurse work environment in a Dutch hospital: A quasi-experimental study

Janet Bloemhof, Jeannette Knol, Marjon Van Rijn, Bianca M. Buurman

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Abstract

Aims: 

To evaluate the effects of the implementation of a professional practice model based on Magnet principles on the nurse work environment in a Dutch teaching hospital. 

Design: 

A quasi-experimental study. 

Methods: 

Data were collected from registered nurses working on the clinical wards and outpatient clinics of the hospital in June/July 2016 (baseline) and in June/September 2019 (measurement of effects). Participants completed the Dutch Essentials of Magnetism II survey, which was used to measure their perception of their work environment. After baseline measurements were collected, interventions based on a professional practice model incorporating Magnet principles were implemented to improve the nurse work environment. Descriptive statistics and independent t-tests were conducted to examine differences between survey outcomes in 2016 and 2019. 

Results: 

Survey outcomes revealed significant changes in the nurse work environment between 2016 and 2019. Seven of the eight subscales (essentials of magnetism) improved significantly. Score for overall job satisfaction increased from 7.3 to 8.0 and score for quality of care increased from 7.0 to 7.6. On unit level, 17 of the 19 units showed improvement in the nurse work environment. 

Conclusion: 

The implementation of a professional practice model positively affects the nurse work environment, job satisfaction and quality of care. 

Impact: 

Nowadays, the quality of care is threatened by workload pressure and the low autonomy experienced by nurses. Considering the global shortage of nurses and growing complexity of healthcare, it is important to invest in improving the nurse work environment. The Magnet concept created a work environment in which nurses can deliver optimal quality of care. Knowledge of how Magnet principles affect the nurse work environment in the Netherlands is missing. These study results, including the description of how the interventions were implemented, will assist other hospitals to develop improvement strategies by focusing on the nurse work environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4919-4934
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume77
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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