Comparing the Nurse Work Environment, Job Satisfaction, and Intent to Leave Among Military, Magnet®, Magnet-Aspiring, and Non-Magnet Civilian Hospitals

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  • OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the nurse work environment, job satisfaction, and intent to leave (ITL) among military, Magnet®, Magnet-aspiring, and non-Magnet civilian hospitals. BACKGROUND: The professional nurse work environment is an important, modifiable, organizational trait associated with positive nurse and patient outcomes; creating and maintaining a favorable work environment should be imperative for nursing leaders. METHODS: Secondary data from the Army Nurse Corps and the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators included the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) and single-item measures of job satisfaction and ITL. RESULTS: Magnet and military hospitals had identical PES-NWI composite scores; however, statistically significant differences existed among the subscales. Military nurses were the most satisfied among all groups, although this difference was not statistically significant, yet their ITL was highest. CONCLUSIONS: Favorable work environments may exist in other organizational forms besides Magnet; however, the specific components must be considered.
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  • Patrician PA; Olds DM; Breckenridge-Sproat S; Taylor-Clark T; Swiger PA; Loan LA
  • Start Page

  • 365
  • End Page

  • 370
  • Volume

  • 52
  • Issue

  • 6