Work environment and workforce problems: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey of hospital nurses in Belgium

Koen Milisen, Ivo L Abraham, Kaat Siebens, Elisabeth Darras, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé

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Abstract

Objectives: This study investigated Belgian hospital nurses' perceptions on work environment and workforce issues, quality of care, job satisfaction and professional decision making. Methods: All eligible nurses in a selection of 22 hospitals received the BELIMAGE questionnaire for a total of 13,958 potential respondents. Of these, 9941 returned study materials (response rate=71.2%) of which 9638 were valid and useable for statistical analysis (valid response rate=69.1%). Results: The study identified several areas of tension in the nursing profession. The commitment to being competent providers of quality care was remarkably strong among the nurses, but they also perceived the barriers in the work environment to be multiple and complex. Concerns about the quality of leadership and management, insufficient staff, time demands and stressful work environment are experienced as obstacles in providing good nursing care. Four out of ten nurses (39.2%) would not choose nursing again as a career and more than half of the nurses (54.3%) have contemplated leaving the profession at some point in time. Conclusions: To effectively tackle the professional and workforce issues in nursing, investments should focus on redesigning a work environment that supports nurses in providing comprehensive professional care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-754
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume43
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Belgium
work environment
nurse
Cross-Sectional Studies
Nurses
questionnaire
nursing
Nursing
Quality of Health Care
profession
study materials
Job Satisfaction
Belgian
Nursing Care
job satisfaction
statistical analysis
Surveys and Questionnaires
Decision Making
career
commitment

Keywords

  • Nursing shortage
  • Professional satisfaction
  • Quality of care
  • Work environment
  • Work force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)

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Work environment and workforce problems : A cross-sectional questionnaire survey of hospital nurses in Belgium. / Milisen, Koen; Abraham, Ivo L; Siebens, Kaat; Darras, Elisabeth; Dierckx de Casterlé, Bernadette.

In: International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol. 43, No. 6, 08.2006, p. 745-754.

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Milisen, Koen ; Abraham, Ivo L ; Siebens, Kaat ; Darras, Elisabeth ; Dierckx de Casterlé, Bernadette. / Work environment and workforce problems : A cross-sectional questionnaire survey of hospital nurses in Belgium. In: International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2006 ; Vol. 43, No. 6. pp. 745-754.
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