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Keywords

healthy workplace attributes, model of professional practice, organizational capacity, patient care model, professional role competence, professional role practice

 

Authors

  1. Cornett, Patricia A. EdD, MS, RN
  2. O'Rourke, Maria W. DNSc, RN, FAAN, CHC

Abstract

The professional practice of registered nurses (RNs) and their professional role competence are key variables that have an impact on quality and patient safety. Organizations in which RNs practice must have the capacity to fully support the professional role of those RNs in exercising their legitimate power derived through nurse licensing laws and professional standards and ethics. The interplay of individual RN practice and organizational practice, and measurement thereof, are the essence of organizational capacity. Two models are discussed that tie together the attributes of healthy workplace environments and provide the structure to guide and sustain organizational capacity.