Title

It's Always Something: Hospital Nurses Managing Risk.

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

6-1-2014

NLM Title Abbreviation

Clin Nurs Res

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Clinical Nursing Research

PubMed ID

23221103

DOI of Published Version

10.1177/1054773812468755

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the process by which hospital staff nurses keep patients safe within their hospital safety culture. Findings from this study culminated in a grounded theory of Managing Risk, the process by which nurses keep their patients safe from harm. Participants perceived that their patients were always at risk (it's always something), thus keeping patients safe was a continual, repetitive process of managing risk to prevent harm to patients. Stages of this process included risk assessment, risk recognition, prioritization, and protective interventions. Practicing nurses can use this theory to understand and articulate their critical role in keeping patients safe in hospitals. Further examination of this process is necessary for targeted assessment of a safety culture's impact on bedside nursing practice, thus providing a basis for specific interventions to improve patient safety.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/2030