Nursing Notes

August 26, 2010

Nursing Work Conditions at ANCC-Rated Hospitals Studied

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Working for a hospital network that has four Magnet Certified hospitals in it, I read this article with some interest.  There was a big push at my hospital to seek and obtain the Pathway to Excellence designation, which we just did so now we are nationally recognized for providing quality care to the population we serve.

With all this national recognition and all this hoopla, why then are our nurses so unhappy and stressed?  That was the question I had in mind as I read this article.  When you read it, tell me if you think this article addresses the question and if you have any suggestions, please.

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Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

While American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) hospitals have been cited for promoting better patient safety and outcomes, they may not necessarily be providing better working conditions for nurses. Particularly in the area of scheduling and job demands, non-MRP hospitals are comparable to MRP-designated hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Nearly 350 healthcare organizations in the U.S. are currently recognized by the ANCC. Over the years, studies have identified attributes of MRP hospitals that attract nurses: high autonomy, decentralized organizational structure, and supportive management.

But MRP hospitals usually focus on the organization rather than the individual nurse, suggesting that personal demands may remain high among nurses providing frontline care at MRP facilities, they said in their study appearing in the July/August issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

“[MRP] Hospital tenets do address schedules, although the focus has been on other important issues” such as nurse autonomy and shared governance, says one of the researchers, Alison Trinkoff, ScD, RN, a professor with the School of Nursing. “It may get overlooked.”  [read the rest of the article here]

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