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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31818f5506
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Workplace Empowerment and Magnet Hospital Characteristics as Predictors of Patient Safety Climate

Armstrong, Kevin MScN, RN; Laschinger, Heather PhD, RN; Wong, Carol PhD, RN

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Abstract

This study tested a theoretical model derived from Kanter's theory of workplace empowerment by surveying a random sample of 300 registered nurses employed in acute care hospitals across the Canadian province of Ontario. The results of this study effectively replicated the findings of a previous exploratory study. Specific nursing practice environment characteristics that positively influence the climate of patient safety were identified. This study provides nurse leaders with ideas for improving the patient safety climate by improving the quality of nurses' work environments.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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