The goal of this action guide is to help nurses create and maintain quality practice environments that maximize outcomes for clients, nurses, teams, organizations and systems. Find out what defines a quality practice environment, how to assess your own practice environment, how to initiate change, and read examples of simple solutions that can make a measurable difference.
This guide was developed under the leadership of the Canadian Nurses Association with the support of nurses across Canada and other health-care partners.
There is an urgent need for the Canadian health-care system to do more to retain its health human resources in healthy and supportive work environments. Canada’s health-care system depends on healthy health-care workplaces and healthy health-care providers.
Quality practice environments maximize outcomes for clients, providers, organizations and systems. The Quality Worklife – Quality Healthcare Collaborative (QWQHC) is a national coalition of health-system leaders working together to develop and promote a coordinated action strategy to improve the health of health-care workplaces in order to improve patient care.
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