Since medication errors often result in longer stays and an estimated $4 million per hospital in additional annual patient care costs, the authors note that good practice environments are good for hospitals financially, too.
"Health care administrators should carefully consider available strategies to ensure supportive work environments for nurses," writes Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean at Rutgers University's College of Nursing and one of the study's principal investigators.
It doesn't take expensive perks to achieve supportive work environments and the financial and patient safety benefits that result from them. Instead, the researchers say supportive work environments come from factors such as "teamwork between physicians and nurses; nurses' opportunities to participate in hospital- and unit-level decisions; continuity of patient care assignments; continuing education opportunities; and the retention of nurse administrators who are visible and accessible, who listen to nurses' concerns, and who have high expectations of their nurses."
Which sounds a lot like what Google advocates for. No napping pods required.