Nursing Practice and Work Environment

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Health and Safety
A Healthy Work Environment is one that is safe, empowering, and satisfying. Parallel to the World Health Organization definition of health, it is not merely the absence of real and perceived threats to health, but a place of “physical, mental, and social well-being,” supporting optimal health and safety. A culture of safety is paramount, in which all leaders, managers, health care workers, and ancillary staff have a responsibility as part of the patient centered team to perform with a sense of professionalism, accountability, transparency, involvement, efficiency, and effectiveness. All must be mindful of the health and safety for both the patient and the health care worker in any setting providing health care, providing a sense of safety, respect, and empowerment to and for all persons.

Specific topics include:

  • Bullying and Violence Prevention
  • Chemicals, Drugs, and Biohazard Safety
  • Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
  • Safe Staffing
  • Sharps Safety

    The Department Nursing Practice and Work Environment is committed to the two ANA pillars of Healthy Nurse and Healthy Work Environment. Please contact healthyworkenvironment@ana.org if you aren’t finding the healthy work environment answers you are looking for on NursingWorld.

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