FEATUREHow Healthcare Work Environments Influence Nurse RetentionErenstein, Colleen F. BSN, RN, CCRN; McCaffrey, Ruth DNP, ARNP, BC Author Information Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Corresponding Author: Ruth McCaffrey, DNP, ARNP, BC, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glade Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 ([email protected]). Holistic Nursing Practice: November 2007 - Volume 21 - Issue 6 - p 303-307 doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000298615.25222.de Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this literature review was to determine the effect of healthcare work environments on nurse retention. The studies comprising this review describe factors that contribute to unhealthy work environments and implicate them as significant factors influencing nurse retention. The themes identified by nurses for purposes of retention included a desire for autonomy, empowerment, and decision-making opportunities in the environments in which they work. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.