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Be Their Voice: How CNOs Can Create Healthy Work Environments

Analysis  |  By G Hatfield  
   February 09, 2024

This CNO says a healthy work environment is crucial to building a sustainable health system.

A large part of nurse dissatisfaction involves working in poor conditions. Nurses are overworked because of staffing shortages, they’re exhausted by heavy workloads, and they’re often dealing with workplace violence and other external disruptors.

A healthy work environment is necessary for nurses to thrive, and for patients to get the highest quality care and experience when visiting a health system. We sat down with Deana Sievert, Chief Nursing Officer at Ohio State Wexner University and Ross Heart Hospitals, to learn more about how CNOs can create better conditions for their nurses. 

Click here to read the accompanying article. 

G Hatfield is the nursing editor for HealthLeaders.


Nurses should be practicing at the highest level and have their voices heard and respected at all levels of an organization.

Key factors in a healthy work environemnt are clear communication, engagement, and overall nurse wellbeing. 

Leaders should stay connected with their staff and represent them properly when nurses are not present for the decision-making process.

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