Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 12(4) November 1999 : 11-15.doi:10.12927/cjnl.1999.16293

Quality of Nurses' Work Life: Strategies for Enhancement

B. Davis and B. Thorburn


The radical transformation resulting from health care reform, with its emphasis on restructuring, reorganizing and downsizing, has impacted on the nursing profession and has profoundly effected the quality of nurses' work life. The Health Care Corporation of St. John's experienced the stress associated with change when it simultaneously merged eight health care sites and introduced a programmed-based management structure. This article reviews the strategies developed in response to this transition by the Nurses' Quality of Worklife Team, to help reduce stress and enhance the quality of nurses' work life. In particular, it highlights the development and implementation of a professional support network called the Nursing Peer Support Program.



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