Shaping Systems to Promote Desired Outcomes: The Magnet Hospital Model

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Abstract

The organization of nurses' work is a major determinant of patient and staff welfare. Magnet hospitals have demonstrated organizational attributes that enable nurses to fully use their knowledge and expertise to provide high-quality patient care. The empirical evidence that this type of organization produces better patient and staff outcomes is compelling. Therefore, when reconfiguring the delivery of care, the organizational form found in the magnet hospitals should shape systems to promote desired outcomes.

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