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A Multi-instrument Evaluation of the Professional Practice Environment

Ditomassi, Marianne DNP, RN, MBA

Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - p 266–272
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182480901

This study identified organizational characteristics that are highly correlated with the work satisfaction of RNs using 2 practice environment measurement tools. In the sample, the organizational characteristics of autonomy, control over practice, and internal work motivation are critical to RNs’ sense of work satisfaction. As care redesign efforts ensue, the need to preserve and strengthen the professional practice environment remains a priority for nurse executives.

Author Affiliation: Executive Director, Patient Care Services Operations (Dr Ditomassi), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Ditomassi, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.