Still making progress to improve the hospital workplace environment? Results from the 2008 National Survey of Registered Nurses

Nurs Econ. Sep-Oct 2009;27(5):289-301.


Despite the majority of RNs perceiving a shortage of nurses, findings from the 2008 National Survey of RNs indicate the hospital workplace improved in several areas compared to a 2006 survey. Improvements included the time RNs spend with patients, quality of nursing care, and a decreasing impact of the shortage on delaying nurses' responses to pages or calls, staff communication, patients' wait time for surgery, and timeliness and efficiency of care. Areas the environment was perceived to have worsened included overtime hours, sexual harassment/hostile, and physical violence. RNs hold mixed views about the consequences of reporting errors and mistakes with a majority agreeing that reporting them had led to positive changes to prevent future errors, but that mistakes were held against them. Overall, results suggest that hospital managers can be reassured that their efforts to improve the workplace environment are having their intended effect but, at the same time, important areas for improvement remain.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Data Collection*
  • Female
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Nurses / psychology
  • Nurses / supply & distribution
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Workplace*