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Catalyst Systems Teams With Palm Healthcare Foundation On Nurse Work Environment And Outcomes Study

Novato, CA-October 3, 2006: Catalyst Systems, LLC, a healthcare consulting company specializing in precision staffing and care delivery systems, announced its participation and leadership role in an important nursing study sponsored by the Palm Healthcare Foundation. The study focuses on the factors that contribute to a positive professional work environment in Palm Beach County, Florida. Nurses from hospitals and healthcare organizations across Palm Beach County are participate by completing a confidential survey about individual, employment, and community factors that influence perceptions of the work environment, organizational commitment, and satisfaction with work.

“In light of the nationwide nursing shortage and the recruitment and retention challenges facing healthcare today, we wanted to hear directly from the nurses in Palm Beach County to learn exactly what makes for a positive work environment.” says Catalyst founder and CEO, Holly De Groot, PhD, RN, FAAN. Dr. De Groot, Principal Investigator on the Study, is also affiliated with the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. “There are a number of factors that have contributed to today’s recruitment and retention realities, and there are important financial and emotional costs associated with staff turnover. These realities and costs affect nursing’s work environment, patient safety, and outcomes in ways that are not well understood.” She noted that local socio-economic factors such as housing costs may also play a role in cyclical nursing shortages.

The timeline for study data collection is October-November, 2006. A full report on the study results will be released to the press and the nursing community in 2007.

About Palm Healthcare Foundation
As the leading public healthcare foundation in Palm Beach County, the Foundation builds strong community relationships, respects diverse opinions, and supports non-traditional approaches to difficult healthcare challenges. For more information, please visit the website at or call 561-833-6333.

Nurse-owned and operated, Catalyst Systems has provided hospitals and other healthcare organizations across the nation with its leading EVALISYS®Patient Classification System and objective workload studies for more than 20 years. Catalyst’s staff are recognized experts in evidence-based staffing methods, research, legislative and policy issues, and health care leadership. For more information on Catalyst, please email, call 415-893-7600 or visit the website at