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 (email@example.com).
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