Nursing

Nurse leaders’ commitment to safety influences entire nursing team

Nurse Leader Insider, September 28, 2012

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Nurses are more likely to report errors when they feel safe doing so, and feel more comfortable adhering to safety protocols when nurse leaders’ actions also adhere to protocol, according to a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Researchers surveyed 54 nursing teams to find out whether nurse leaders practiced what they preached when it came to following safe work protocols, and studied whether or not nurse leaders’ actions affected unit nurses’ commitments to safety and willingness to report errors.

The nurses involved in the study completed a survey with statements such as, “If you make a mistake in this team, it is often held against you” and “In order to get the work done, one must ignore some safety aspects,” with the nurses ranking each statement on a scale ranging from “completely disagree” to “completely agree.” Survey results indicated that nursing teams with leaders whose spoken expectations aligned with their commitment to safety had a higher rate of reporting errors and a stronger commitment to safety, which resulted in a reduction in patient errors.

Source: Penn State
 



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