1. Walker, Kim PhD, RN
  2. Fitzgerald, Katherine MPH, RN
  3. Duff, Jed PhD, RN


The Magnet Recognition Program(R) requires evidence that nursing practice environments support staff to provide optimal care, access professional development opportunities, and participate in hospital affairs. The research presented in this article aimed to assess clinical nurses' work environment at a recently designated, private Magnet(R) hospital in Sydney, Australia. Authors compare results with baseline data collected for a gap analysis before application for recognition. The outcomes challenge previously reported data suggesting that hospitals on the journey to Magnet recognition outperform already designated hospitals in this respect.