Evaluation of the nurse working environment in health and social care intermediate care units in Catalonia

Ingrid Bullich-Marín, Ramón Miralles Basseda, Pilar Torres Egea, Carme Planas-Campmany, María Eulalia Juvé-Udina

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© 2015 SEGG Introduction A favourable work environment contributes to greater job satisfaction and improved working conditions for nurses, a fact that could influence the quality of patient outcomes. The aim of the study is two-fold: Identifying types of centres, according to the working environment assessment made by nurses in intermediate care units, and describing the individual characteristics of nurses related to this assessment. Methods An observational, descriptive, prospective, cross-sectional, and multicentre study was conducted in the last quarter of 2014. Nurses in intermediate care units were given a questionnaire containing the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) which assesses five factors of the work environment using 31 items. Sociodemographic, employment conditions, professional and educational variables were also collected. Results From a sample of 501 nurses from 14 centres, 388 nurses participated (77% response). The mean score on the PES-NWI was 84.75. Nine centres scored a “favourable” working environment and five “mixed”. The best valued factor was “work relations” and the worst was “resource provision/adaptation”. Rotating shift work, working in several units at the same time, having management responsibilities, and having a master degree were the characteristics related to a better perception of the nursing work environment. Conclusions In most centres, the working environment was perceived as favourable. Some employment conditions, professional, and educational characteristics of nurses were related to the work environment assessment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-348
JournalRevista Espanola de Geriatria y Gerontologia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Geriatric nursing
  • Health facility environment
  • Intermediate care facilities
  • Nursing staff
  • Working environment


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