Future steps in practice and research

Peter Van Bogaert, Sean Clarke

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The concepts at the heart of this book originated more than 35 years ago and stemmed from repeated observations of a single troublesome phenomenon: cyclical nurse shortages in hospitals. Inquiries to deal with nurse workforce problems occurred alongside growing research findings suggesting that clinical nurses and other professionals were at risk of mutating from enthusiastic workers engaged with their clients to becoming emotionally drained, cynical, and insecure-the phenomenon known as burnout. The journey of this research field-reflected in the progression of the chapters in this book-has led to a variety of studies attempting to address both phenomena by focusing on the organizational contexts of nursing practice. Each of the chapters in this book offers findings and insights that we have synthesized into four recommendations for future steps in practice and another four recommendations for future steps in research. Connecting all of these recommendations is an emphasis on continuous improvement and change processes embedded in the organizational context of nursing practice, the need to draw on relevant empirical research, and the imperative for research and practice in this field to guide and inspire each other.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Organizational Context of Nursing Practice
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Evidence, and Interventions for Improvement
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319710426
ISBN (Print)9783319710419
StatePublished - Feb 13 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • General Medicine


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