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Ulrich’s article calls for “bold, intentional, and relentless efforts” on nursing work environments

Ulrich’s article finds improvements and concerns in work environments

(March 26, 2019) – New survey results recently published online by lead author Elizabeth Ulrich, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, professor in Cizik School of Nursing’s Department of Graduate Studies, finds that critical care nurses have lingering areas of concern about their work environments.

Ulrich B, Barden C, Cassidy L, Varn-Davis. Critical Care Nurse Work Environments 2018: Findings and Implications. Critical Care Nurse. 2019 Feb 6. doi:10.4037/ccn2019605. [Epub ahead of print]

Based on analysis of data from the 2018 Critical Care Nurse Work Environment Study, which included online responses from 8,080 members of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the article found improvements in the health of critical care nurses’ work environments since the previous study in 2013. Yet areas of concern and opportunities for more progress remain. More than 60 percent of respondents reported appropriate staffing is lacking. Many reported physical and mental well-being issues, as well as an intent to leave their current positions in the next 12 months.

Ulrich is editor of the Nephrology Nursing Journal, and a consultant on Healthy Work Environments for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Aliso Viejo, Cal.

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