Evaluating the intervening factors in patient safety: focusing on hospital nursing staff

  • Roberta Meneses Oliveira State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Ilse Maria Tigre de Arruda Leitao State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Leticia Lima Aguiar State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Adriana Catarina de Souza Oliveira Universidad Catolica San Antonio; Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
  • Dionisia Mateus Gazos State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Lucilane Maria Sales da Silva State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Ariane Alves Barros State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Renata Lopes Sampaio State University of Ceara; Universidade Estadual do Ceará

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To evaluate intervening factors in patient safety, focusing on hospital nursing staff. METHOD The study is descriptive, with qualitative approach, excerpt from a larger study with analytical nature. It was undertaken in a public hospital in Fortaleza, CE, Brazil, between January and June 2013, with semi-structured interviews to 70 nurses, using Thematic Content Analysis. RESULTS The principal intervening factors in patient safety related to hospital nursing staff were staff dimensioning and workload, professional qualification and training, team work, being contracted to the institution, turnover and lack of job security, and bad practice/disruptive behaviors. These aspects severely interfere with the establishment of a safety culture in the hospital analyzed. CONCLUSION It is necessary for managers to invest in nursing staff, so that these workers may be valued as fundamental in the promotion of patient safety, making it possible to develop competences for taking decisions with focus on the improvement of quality care.

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Published
2015-02-01
How to Cite
Oliveira, R., Leitao, I., Aguiar, L., Oliveira, A., Gazos, D., Silva, L., Barros, A., & Sampaio, R. (2015). Evaluating the intervening factors in patient safety: focusing on hospital nursing staff . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 49(1), 104-113. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420150000100014
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