Do Age and Experience of Healthcare Workers Affect Their Perception of Safety Culture?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161401
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Do Age and Experience of Healthcare Workers Affect Their Perception of Safety Culture?
Abstract:
Do Age and Experience of Healthcare Workers Affect Their Perception of Safety Culture?
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Hamaideh, Shaher
P.I. Institution Name:University of Cincinnati
Title:Doctoral Student
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 405 Procter Hall, PO Box 210038, Cincinnati, OH, 45221-0038, USA
Safety is a major concern in the healthcare industry. Recently, the concept of a safety culture has been introduced. This concept emphasizes the improvement of the complex work environment through coordination of its interacting parts. Several institutions are trying to develop such a "safety culture" characterized by a flexible reporting system, with an emphasis on learning from mistakes. Since these changes are relatively new, the expectations were that the more experienced and older the healthcare worker the less likely his/her perception of the safety culture would be positive. The purposes of this study are: 1) To assess the effect of years of experience on the perception of the safety culture among healthcare workers, and 2) To see whether the age of healthcare workers affect their perception toward the safety culture. The Safety Culture Instrument (SCI) was used to measure the perception of healthcare workers toward safety culture. SCI consists of four scales: Positive atmosphere, Time/resources, Openness, and Learning. Data were collected from 522 healthcare workers (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, technicians, and social workers) working in different wards at a large metropolitan hospital. Results of the study were: 1. Significant, negative Pearson coefficients between years of experience and age with the Positive atmosphere and Time/recourses scales, and 2. No significant differences between either age or experience with the Openness and Learning scales. Based on the results of this study, interventions and changes should be targeted toward the systems of healthcare organizations in a manner that specifically addresses the needs of the older and more experienced workers.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDo Age and Experience of Healthcare Workers Affect Their Perception of Safety Culture?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161401-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Do Age and Experience of Healthcare Workers Affect Their Perception of Safety Culture?</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hamaideh, Shaher</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Cincinnati</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Doctoral Student</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 405 Procter Hall, PO Box 210038, Cincinnati, OH, 45221-0038, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Safety is a major concern in the healthcare industry. Recently, the concept of a safety culture has been introduced. This concept emphasizes the improvement of the complex work environment through coordination of its interacting parts. Several institutions are trying to develop such a &quot;safety culture&quot; characterized by a flexible reporting system, with an emphasis on learning from mistakes. Since these changes are relatively new, the expectations were that the more experienced and older the healthcare worker the less likely his/her perception of the safety culture would be positive. The purposes of this study are: 1) To assess the effect of years of experience on the perception of the safety culture among healthcare workers, and 2) To see whether the age of healthcare workers affect their perception toward the safety culture. The Safety Culture Instrument (SCI) was used to measure the perception of healthcare workers toward safety culture. SCI consists of four scales: Positive atmosphere, Time/resources, Openness, and Learning. Data were collected from 522 healthcare workers (nurses, physicians, pharmacists, technicians, and social workers) working in different wards at a large metropolitan hospital. Results of the study were: 1. Significant, negative Pearson coefficients between years of experience and age with the Positive atmosphere and Time/recourses scales, and 2. No significant differences between either age or experience with the Openness and Learning scales. Based on the results of this study, interventions and changes should be targeted toward the systems of healthcare organizations in a manner that specifically addresses the needs of the older and more experienced workers.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:20:46Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:20:46Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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