Nursing job satisfaction and patient outcomes improve when nurses have a say in the design of the physical work environment in hospitals.
Some 18 percent of new nurses leave their hospital registered nurse (RN) jobs in their first year. Nursing turnover and job dissatisfaction contributes to high health care costs and poorer patient outcomes. Since October 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reduced payments by one percent to hospitals that do not meet quality standards or make quality improvements that relate to nurse job satisfaction.
Researchers explored the relationship between the physical work environment and RN job satisfaction. The work environment was subjectively assessed in terms of architectural, interior design, and ambient features (light, temperature, and ventilation).