Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Kaija Freborg

Second Advisor

Cheryl Leuning


A healthy work environment is an essential part of a nurse's professional practice. Providing nurses access to resources to understand the importance of a healthy work environment should be present in healthcare organizations. After evaluating a Radiology Department at a large hospital in the Midwest, the themes of communication, collaboration, and authentic leadership were revealed as areas to be improved upon for this work environment. Not only will these themes contribute to the workplace as well as providing effective patient care. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments (Barden, 2005:2016) and Martha Rogers' (1970) Theory of Unitary Human Beings guided this project to create a culture change in a Radiology Department aimed at fostering a healthy work environment. This project will be guided by a metaphor demonstrating the importance of a healthy work environment; the metaphor uses geese flying together to represent a healthy work environment as there are many lessons that can be learned from geese. Finally, there is a thorough exploration in how nursing leadership can support a healthy work environment.


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