All healthcare givers and leaders agree that when we take better care of ourselves we can take better care of patients. Patient Safety Awareness Week is a perfect time to explore that proof.

No one can deny that working in healthcare is stressful. Stress has been regarded as an occupational hazard since the mid-1950s, causing significant health problems. Since the mid-1980s, work stress has escalated with the increasing use of technology and continuing changes in healthcare, resulting in challenging work environments.

One study proved that turning work environments into healthy workplaces can improve recruitment and retention, job satisfaction, and patient outcomes, particularly those related patient safety.

Another researcher reported, “There are clear links between staff wellbeing and the three dimensions of service quality: patient safety, patient experience and the effectiveness of patient care.”

Yet another proved that “Minimizing nurses’ stress levels will help ensure they can deliver high-quality care. Learning to manage and reduce stress by developing insight and coping strategies will help to maintain and promote nursing integrity.”

Dr. Linda Aiken of the University of Pennsylvania wrote, “The quality of the hospital work environment was significantly associated with patient satisfaction, quality and safety of care.”

According to a Gallup poll, companies that focus on creating and supporting a culture of happiness had 41% less safety-related accidents.

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