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Articles by Rebecca R. S. Clark, PhD, MSN, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Association of Clinical Nursing Work Environment with Quality and Safety in Maternity Care in the United States

Clark, Rebecca R. S.; Lake, Eileen T.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 45(5):265-270, September/October 2020.

This study included 1,165 nurses from 166 maternity units in four states. One-third of nurses gave their units an overall safety grade of “excellent,” but this decreased to less than one-sixth of nurses in units with poor work environments. Overall, 65% of nurses reported that their mistakes were held against them. A good work environment, compared to a poor work environment, was significantly associated with fewer nurses grading safety as poor.