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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title A seven country comparison of nurses' perceptions of their professional practice environment
Author(s) Papastavrou, Evridiki ; Efstathiou, Georgios ; Acaroglu, Rengin ; Da Luz, Maria Deolinda Antunes ; Berg, Agneta ; Idvall, Ewa ; Kalafati, Maria ; Kanan, Nevin ; Katajisto, Jouko ; Leino-Kilpi, Helena ; Lemonidou, Chryssoula ; Erdiyesendir, Merdiye ; Sousa, Valmi D ; Suhonen, Riitta
Date 2012
English abstract
Aims - To describe and compare nurses’ perceptions of their professional practice environment in seven countries. Background - There is evidence of variation in the nursing professional practice environments internationally. These different work environments affect nurses’ ability to perform and are linked to differing nurse and patient outcomes. Methods - A descriptive, comparative survey was used to collect data from orthopaedic and trauma nurses (n = 1156) in Finland, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and Kansas, USA using the 39-item Revised Professional Practice Environment instrument. Results - Differences were found between participants from the northern countries of Europe, Kansas, USA, and the Mediterranean countries regarding perceptions about control over practice. No between-country differences were reported in the internal work motivation among the nurses from any of the participating countries. Conclusions - Although between-country differences in nurses’ professional practice environment were found, difficulties related to demographic, cultural and health system differences and the way in which nursing is defined in each country need to be considered in the interpretation of the results. Implications for Nursing Management - The results support investment to improve nurse’s work environment, which is important for improving the quality of patient care, optimizing patient outcomes and developing the nursing workforce.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01289.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Blackwell
Host/Issue Journal of Nursing Management;2
Volume 20
ISSN 0966-0429
Pages 236–248
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) cross-country comparison
international
nursing
Professional Practice Environment
questionnaire
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/12435 (link to this page)

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