Are 'magnet' principles relevant in an Australian setting?

Hannigan, Delphine J. and Patrick, Jeff (2009) Are 'magnet' principles relevant in an Australian setting? In: IOP 2009: Meeting the Future: Promotion Sustainable Organisational Growth, 25-28 Jun 2009, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Nursing is crucial to health care. Nurse supply is not meeting demand and this shortage is causing higher mortality rates and patient complications. The demand for nurses will further increase as Australia's ageing population increases. Queensland is the fastest growing state in Australia. The 'magnet hospitals' concept moves towards changing the work environment of nurses. These hospitals have a lower turnover and are successful in both recruitment and retention. They have significantly lower mortality rates and better patient outcomes. Research suggests the only real long-term solution to the nurse shortage is to adopt magnet hospital principles. The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) is an accredited magnet hospital. Staff turnover was reduced from 25 percent (1999) to 10 percent (2002). Increased patient satisfaction, higher staff morale and a positive work environment are further achievements. This research compares the organisational climate of the PAH with non-accredited hospitals within Queensland Health to reveal whether magnet accreditation may be a solution to the Australian nursing shortage.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: Bulkimport bulkimport
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009 11:47
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2014 04:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: nurses; staff shortages; Queensland; working environment; staff turnover; patient outcomes
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/13181

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