The Organizational Context of Nursing Practice

Concepts, Evidence, and Interventions for Improvement

  • Peter Van Bogaert
  • Sean Clarke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Concepts and Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Van Bogaert, Sean Clarke
      Pages 3-4
  3. Large-Scale Quality Improvement Projects and Team-Based Interventions

  4. Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Peter Van Bogaert, Sean Clarke
      Pages 297-307
    3. Peter Van Bogaert, Sean Clarke
      Pages 309-310

About this book


This book explores the various features of work environments that affect nurses' experiences of their work, their interactions with co-workers and patients, and ultimately health care quality and patient outcomes.  Using a broad and comprehensive approach, the authors identify the most extensively researched and best-understood concepts in the field and presents a critical and up-to-date review of the evidence regarding causes and effects of work environment features. It then presents evidence regarding organizational interventions aimed at broad ranges of clinical practices and outcomes, such as team-based interventions and management practices to improve practice climate. 

The ideas, approaches, and evidence are presented by a team of researchers and experienced practitioner/leaders; taken together, they form a state-of-the-science toolkit. Unique features of this book include a systematic presentation of best practices in nursing and healthcare leadership, along with the conceptual grounding and empirical support for these approaches, and extensive demonstrations of how these practices, many of which originated in North America, apply to European contexts. 


Nurse practice environment Psychosocial environment Burnout Work Engagement Quality of Care Quality improvement Productive ward Crew resource management Evidence based nursing Early warning score Interdisciplinary communication Standardized communication Occupational stress and wellbeing

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Van Bogaert
    • 1
  • Sean Clarke
    • 2
  1. 1.Nursing and Midwifery Sciences, Centre for Research and Innovation in Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.William F. Connell School of NursingBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71041-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71042-6
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