An Integrative Review of How Healthcare Organizations Can Support Hospital Nurses to Thrive at Work

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Nov 25;17(23):8757. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17238757.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Solutions that address the anticipated nursing shortage should focus on thriving at work: a positive psychological state characterized by a sense of vitality and learning, resulting in higher levels of work engagement, commitment, and wellbeing.

PURPOSE: To synthesize international evidence on organizational factors that support hospital nurse wellbeing and to identify how the Social Embeddedness of Thriving at Work Model can support health managers to develop management approaches that enable nurses to thrive.

METHOD: Conduct an integrative review of literature published between 2005-2019.

RESULTS: Thematic analysis identified five key themes: (1) Empowerment; (2) Mood of the organization; (3) An enabling environment; (4) Togetherness with colleagues; and (5) Leaders’ connectivity.

CONCLUSIONS: The Social Embeddedness of Thriving at Work Model supports managers to develop management approaches that enable their nurses to thrive. Health managers should consider strategies to support nurses to thrive at work to improve nurse work engagement and wellbeing.

PMID:33255725 | PMC:PMC7728312 | DOI:10.3390/ijerph17238757

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