Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 24(4) January 2012 : 34-43.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2012.22734
Innovation in Leadership

Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership for Healthy Work Environments

Nancy Lefebre, Julie DeCicco and Karen Ray


The current nursing shortage and increasing demand for healthcare service in the home and community compound the urgent need for service providers to better attract and retain nurses. Nursing leaders can enhance recruitment and retention by promoting healthy work environments, and developing leadership can help service providers become a better place to work. This case study illustrates how one community healthcare organization successfully implemented healthy workplace strategies using the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) Healthy Work Environments Best Practice Guideline, Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership. A detailed description of the process undertaken for project implementation and evaluation is provided, along with lessons learned and recommendations.



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