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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165142
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
OUTPATIENT NURSES PERCEPTION OF CHEMOTHERAPY HANDLING RISKS
Author(s):
Martin, Susan
Author Details:
Susan Martin, RN, DNSc, AOCN, President, SUMART Healthcare, Long Beach, New York, USA, email: rpmartin@yahoo.com
Abstract:
Topic: Within the occupational health literature, risk perception has been examined and well-documented work with regard to healthcare workers' risk perception and HIV disease. In addition, compliance with the use of protective equipment has been positively correlated with perception of risk. A serious absence in the healthcare literature relates to the effects of risk perception upon exposure and behavior as it relates to hazardous substances such as hazardous drugs. At present, the healthcare literature lacks any documentation of the effects of risk perception on the handling by healthcare workers of chemotherapeutic, radioactive isotopes, and other biological agents. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to the perceived risk of handling hazardous agents among oncology nurses in the outpatient and office based setting. Framework: This study utilizes the Model of Precaution Adoption Process developed by Neil Weinstein, an ecological psychologist. This model describes a continuum of movement through five distinct stages that climaxes in the adoption of protective behaviors (Weinstein, 1987). The five distinct stages include: the level of knowledge regarding the hazard, the belief that the hazard may cause significant harm to others, acknowledgment of personal susceptibility, the decision to take action, and finally, taking precaution (Weinstein, 1988). Methods: Design: Descriptive-correlational. Setting: National based survey of oncology nurses. Sample: A randomly selected sample of 500 members of the Oncology Nursing Society who identified their work environment as office, clinic, and outpatient private practice based. Data Collection: A survey instrument was developed based on the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Handling of Hazardous Drugs Guidelines. This survey was mailed to sample participants. Data Analysis: Descriptive statistics to characterize the perception of risk was summarized. Differences in selected practices by practice size; geographic area, nursing experience and other variables was analyzed using the chi square statistic for categorical data and ANOVA for continuous variables. Findings: Overall, 57.3 % reported that they perceived that handling hazardous drugs posed minimal or no risk to health. Perception of risk is an important factor in determining adoption of precautions. These results contribute to the knowledge base related to the use of personnel protective equipment during hazardous drug handling.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
31st Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOUTPATIENT NURSES PERCEPTION OF CHEMOTHERAPY HANDLING RISKSen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Susanen_US
dc.author.detailsSusan Martin, RN, DNSc, AOCN, President, SUMART Healthcare, Long Beach, New York, USA, email: rpmartin@yahoo.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165142-
dc.description.abstractTopic: Within the occupational health literature, risk perception has been examined and well-documented work with regard to healthcare workers' risk perception and HIV disease. In addition, compliance with the use of protective equipment has been positively correlated with perception of risk. A serious absence in the healthcare literature relates to the effects of risk perception upon exposure and behavior as it relates to hazardous substances such as hazardous drugs. At present, the healthcare literature lacks any documentation of the effects of risk perception on the handling by healthcare workers of chemotherapeutic, radioactive isotopes, and other biological agents. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to the perceived risk of handling hazardous agents among oncology nurses in the outpatient and office based setting. Framework: This study utilizes the Model of Precaution Adoption Process developed by Neil Weinstein, an ecological psychologist. This model describes a continuum of movement through five distinct stages that climaxes in the adoption of protective behaviors (Weinstein, 1987). The five distinct stages include: the level of knowledge regarding the hazard, the belief that the hazard may cause significant harm to others, acknowledgment of personal susceptibility, the decision to take action, and finally, taking precaution (Weinstein, 1988). Methods: Design: Descriptive-correlational. Setting: National based survey of oncology nurses. Sample: A randomly selected sample of 500 members of the Oncology Nursing Society who identified their work environment as office, clinic, and outpatient private practice based. Data Collection: A survey instrument was developed based on the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Handling of Hazardous Drugs Guidelines. This survey was mailed to sample participants. Data Analysis: Descriptive statistics to characterize the perception of risk was summarized. Differences in selected practices by practice size; geographic area, nursing experience and other variables was analyzed using the chi square statistic for categorical data and ANOVA for continuous variables. Findings: Overall, 57.3 % reported that they perceived that handling hazardous drugs posed minimal or no risk to health. Perception of risk is an important factor in determining adoption of precautions. These results contribute to the knowledge base related to the use of personnel protective equipment during hazardous drug handling.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:13:16Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:13:16Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name31st Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationBoston, Massachusetts, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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