Hallmarks of the Professional Nursing Practice Environment

April 16, 2020 by Claire

Filed under Career Advancement, For Career Seekers, For the Workforce

Last modified April 17, 2020

This AACN white paper details a task force charged with identifying environmental characteristics or “hallmarks” of the practice setting that best supports professional nursing practice and allowing higher-degree-prepared nurses to practice to their full potential.

The work environment for the practice of nursing has long been cited as one of the most demanding across all types of work settings. Nurses provide the vast majority of patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care sites, and other health care settings (AONE, 2000). The first objective of the professional practice environment for nurses is to put the patient first. Nurses and health care organizations must focus on patient safety and care quality and always ask the question, “What is best for our patients?”


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