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Effect of Empowerment on Professional Practice Environments, Work Satisfaction, and Patient Care Quality: Further Testing the Nursing Worklife Model

Spence Laschinger, Heather K. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.NCQ.0000318028.67910.6b
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The purpose of this study was to test Leiter and Laschinger's Nursing Worklife Model linking structural empowerment to Lake's 5-factor professional practice work environment model and work quality outcomes. A predictive, nonexperimental design was used to test the model in a random sample of 234 staff nurses. The analysis revealed that professional practice environment characteristics mediated the relationship between structurally empowering work conditions and both job satisfaction and nurse-assessed patient care quality.

School of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

Corresponding Author: Heather K. Spence Laschinger, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C1 (hkl@uwo.ca).

Partial funding for this project was provided by the Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Accepted for publication: October 25, 2007

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.