Department of Nursing

Nurse Practice Environment

For the past six years, Saint Clare’s nurses have participated in the annual National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) RN survey. The Practice Environment Scale (PES) was the survey instrument used again this year and the results indicate that Saint Clare’s nurses have a favorable nursing practice environment. The PES is a psychometrically sound measure of the nature of the hospital practice environment with the following five subscales:

  1. Nurse Participation in Hospital Affairs
  2. Nursing Foundations for Quality of Care
  3. Nurse Manager Ability, Leadership, and Support of Nurses
  4. Staffing and Resource Adequacy
  5. Collegial Nurse-Physician Relations

Researchers have identified that values above 2.5 are considered favorable or that the nurses agreed that the item was present in their current job environment, and furthermore that hospital nursing practice environments are considered favorable when four or five subscales are rated favorably. In Saint Clare’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 RN surveys the values in ALL five subscales of nursing participation in hospital affairs, nursing foundations for quality of care, nurse manager ability, leadership and support of nurses, staffing and resource adequacy, and collegial nurse-physician relations were greater than 2.50. Saint Clare’s is proud that the nursing practice environment is rated favorably by RNs.

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