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Authors

  1. Doherty, Dennis P. PhD, RN, NPD-BC
  2. Wood, Laura J. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  3. Durkin, Gregory J. MEd, RN, NPDA-BC

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To provide an organization-wide, systematic approach to creating and sustaining healthy work environments (HWEs) through frontline interprofessional staff education and coaching engagement.

 

BACKGROUND: HWE has been an overarching concept in the organization's nursing professional practice model since 2014; however, few practice settings routinely translated survey findings to improve the work environment's health via local interprofessional direct care team members.

 

METHODS: The program used a participatory approach where HWE champions committed to participate in centralized professional development activities and local quality improvement initiatives to bolster the health of area work environments.

 

RESULTS: Fifty-one champions representing 44 practice settings participated in the professional development program. Mean HWE scores for all standards increased from year 1 to 2, with 15 practice settings seeing categorical improvement. Meaningful recognition and true collaboration were the standards most often targeted for improvement.

 

CONCLUSION: The HWE champion role appears to be a promising strategy for engaging frontline interprofessional staff in the assessment and implementation of initiatives to improve the health of work environments.