Physical Work Environment Takes a Toll

Physical Work Environment Takes a TollA recent study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s RN Work Project found that registered nurses report higher job satisfaction when they’re happy with their work environment. Researchers learned that a physical work environment that promotes efficiency, teamwork and interprofessional communication has a positive impact on job satisfaction. The study authors noted that a good physical work environment can also lead to reduced turnover because nurses are happier with their working conditions and experience increased job satisfaction. Turnover is costly to health care systems, as the cost of replacing an RN can range between $22,000 and $64,000. Reducing nurse turnover can also lead to improved patient outcomes.