Using a checklist to rank your workplace against a list of attributes is a great way to determine whether your workplace has elements of a quality practice environment. It draws attention to the features of a healthy work environment and will encourage you to think about how your workplace measures up. While there are no firm scores to indicate a “healthy” or “unhealthy” workplace, more check marks on the low side of the scale clearly indicate your practice environment could benefit from improvement.
How to advocate for quality practice environments in nursing
Talk about the importance of the nursing role in practice environments
Bring attention to the scope of nursing practice
Lobby for professional recognition and remuneration
Promote the importance of a safe work environment and collaborate to improve it
Collect and distribute data on best practices
Encourage teamwork and collaboration among nurses and other professionals
Present awards for effective quality work-life initiatives
Stress the importance of a positive work environment and takes steps to achieve it
The next move: leading interprofessional collaboration
Collaborative practice is becoming the norm but to achieve this goal changes are needed in attitudes, in operations and in systems. We all have to recognize the importance of working with government, unions, regulators and other stakeholders.
Influenza is a serious illness that disproportionately affects certain populations who have a higher risk of complications. Influenza immunization, as the most effective method of preventing the flu, allows health-care workers to protect themselves, their families and those in their care.
Have You Thought About the Social Determinants of Health?
The health of Canadians is not shaped primarily by the medical treatments they receive or the lifestyle choices they make but by the living conditions they experience. These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health.
The resources within this section are offered to inform your cultural awareness, competency, and safety so as to enhance your capabilities to work with your clients in addressing their health and wellness needs