Are 'magnet' principles relevant in an Australian setting?

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Hannigan, Delphine J. and Patrick, Jeff. 2009. "Are 'magnet' principles relevant in an Australian setting?" Langford, Peter H., Reynolds, Nicholas J. and Kehoe, James E. (ed.) 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP 2009): Meeting the Future: Promoting Sustainable Organisational Growth. Sydney, Australia 25 - 28 Jun 2009 Melbourne, Australia.
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Are 'magnet' principles relevant in an Australian setting?

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsHannigan, Delphine J. (Author) and Patrick, Jeff (Author)
EditorsLangford, Peter H., Reynolds, Nicholas J. and Kehoe, James E.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP 2009)
ERA Conference ID50519
Number of Pages6
Year2009
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISBN9780909881399
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.allworthjuniper.com.au/8th_IOP_Conference_Proceedings.pdf
Conference/Event8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP 2009): Meeting the Future: Promoting Sustainable Organisational Growth
Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference
Event Details
8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP 2009): Meeting the Future: Promoting Sustainable Organisational Growth
Event Date
25 to end of 28 Jun 2009
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Event Details
Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference
IOP
Abstract

Nursing is crucial to health care. Nurse supply is not
meeting demand and this shortage is causing higher mortality rates and patient complications. The demand for nurses will further increase as Australia's ageing
population increases. Queensland is the fastest growing state in Australia. The 'magnet hospitals' concept moves towards changing the work environment of nurses. These hospitals have a lower turnover and are successful in both recruitment and retention. They have significantly lower mortality rates and better patient outcomes. Research suggests the only real long-term solution to the nurse shortage is to adopt magnet hospital principles. The Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) is an accredited magnet
hospital. Staff turnover was reduced from 25 percent
(1999) to 10 percent (2002). Increased patient satisfaction, higher staff morale and a positive work
environment are further achievements. This research
compares the organisational climate of the PAH with
non-accredited hospitals within Queensland Health to reveal whether magnet accreditation may be a solution to the Australian nursing shortage.

Keywordsnurses; staff shortages; Queensland; working environment; staff turnover; patient outcomes
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350710. Organisational behaviour
520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Psychology
Faculty of Sciences
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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