Work Environment Characteristics Valued by Outpatient Hemodialysis Unit Nurse Managers

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Competent nurse managers of outpatient hemodialysis (HD) units are invaluable in enhancing patient safety, creating a culture of safety, and preventing adverse events. Yet little is known regarding the characteristics of a professional work environment that supports their important managerial role. The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify those organizational characteristics that outpatient HD unit nurse managers describe as important to a supportive managerial work environment. A total of six major themes with descriptive categories and exemplars emerged from the analysis. Findings from this study can inform HD administrators in their efforts to create and sustain work environments that support the professional practice of outpatient HD unit nurse managers. Notably, findings can also provide guidelines for nurse managers considering employment opportunities in that they can be used to assess and compare the work environments of outpatient HD facilities and organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-446
Number of pages44
JournalNephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • nurse managers
  • outpatient hemodialysis
  • work environment

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