The culture of patient safety from the perspective of the pediatric emergency nursing team

  • Taise Rocha Macedo Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem
  • Patricia Kuerten Rocha Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; Departamento de Enfermagem
  • Andreia Tomazoni Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; Hospital Universitário
  • Sabrina de Souza Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; Hospital Universitário
  • Jane Cristina Anders Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina; Departamento de Enfermagem
  • Karri Davis Fairfield University
Keywords: Patient Safety, Organizational Culture, Nursing, Team, Pediatric Nursing

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To identify the patient safety culture in pediatric emergencies from the perspective of the nursing team. METHOD A quantitative, cross-sectional survey research study with a sample composed of 75 professionals of the nursing team. Data was collected between September and November 2014 in three Pediatric Emergency units by applying the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture instrument. Data were submitted to descriptive analysis. RESULTS Strong areas for patient safety were not found, with areas identified having potential being: Expectations and actions from supervisors/management to promote patient safety and teamwork. Areas identified as critical were: Non-punitive response to error and support from hospital management for patient safety. The study found a gap between the safety culture and pediatric emergencies, but it found possibilities of transformation that will contribute to the safety of pediatric patients. CONCLUSION Nursing professionals need to become protagonists in the process of replacing the current paradigm for a culture focused on safety. The replication of this study in other institutions is suggested in order to improve the current health care scenario.

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Published
2016-10-01
How to Cite
Macedo, T., Rocha, P., Tomazoni, A., Souza, S., Anders, J., & Davis, K. (2016). The culture of patient safety from the perspective of the pediatric emergency nursing team. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(5), 756-762. https://doi.org/10.1590/s0080-623420160000600007
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Original Article