What steps can be taken to improve working conditions and the well-being of nursing and medical staff in hospitals? The Magnet4Europe study is trialing a US approach in Germany and five other European countries.
Hospitals that provide a better work environment have a positive effect on the well-being and mental health of their employees. Higher standards of nursing quality and patient safety are also achieved, and such improvements also have the effect of attracting well-qualified nursing professionals. This has been shown by the Magnet Recognition Program operated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in US hospitals.
A large-scale intervention study titled “Magnet4Europe” is now set to find out whether the principles of the evidence-based Magnet model can also be implemented in European hospitals, with the aim of improving their appeal as employers. The EU-funded study will run for four years and involve a total of 63 participating hospitals in six European countries – Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Study to include Robert Bosch Hospital
The Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart is one of 20 German hospitals taking part in the study. The hospital will receive program support from a US partner institution, the Northwell Health Huntington Hospital on Long Island, New York – a hospital that has achieved five consecutive Magnet designations. Nursing staff are asked to complete regular questionnaires to assess the impact of the steps taken.
Study coordination for Germany will be handled by the Health Services Management Department at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). The research team will also be running an accompanying research project funded by Bosch Health Campus, an institution supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung. This parallel project aims to investigate the implementation of the magnet model in Germany specifically while identifying any favorable or unfavorable factors.