Safety communication practice and awareness among senior nurse managers in the public mental health service in Ireland

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Title: Safety communication practice and awareness among senior nurse managers in the public mental health service in Ireland
Authors: Logue, Sean G.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11065
Date: Jul-2015
Online since: 2019-09-09T08:55:31Z
Abstract: Since the mid 1980s, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of research published on safety communication in the workplace, the majority of which has been published by ergonomists in formal peer reviewed ergonomics literature. None specifically relates to senior nurse managers. The aim of this study is to explore the practice and awareness of safety communication among senior nurse managers working in the public mental health service in Ireland. The respondents to the online questionnaire survey were that specific group (n=104). The results found that overall, there was a high level of safety communication practice and awareness among senior nurse managers but also found areas in which safety communication practice was not always either initiated or followed through, particularly in the area of risk assessment where although the majority of senior nurse managers were involved in both putting together and reviewing safe work practices and procedures, only two thirds ensured that a risk assessment was undertaken prior to starting a new work activity and on third of respondents did not. Similarly, only slightly more than half of senior nurse managers always ensured that a risk assessment was undertaken when a work activity had changed. The vast majority of senior nurse managers agreed that they communicated safety to their staff. But a quarter of respondents admitted to not knowing whether staff actually took notice of what they said about safety issues. Similarly, statistical analysis of the data showed that there was a significant difference between occupational grade and giving feedback on what was happening with safety issues within seven days in that twice as many Assistant Directors of Nursing always gave such feedback compared with only a fifth of Directors of Nursing. The study highlighted deficits in communication interchange and areas of involvement in risk assessment and safety training.
Funding Details: Higher Education Authority
Type of material: Master Thesis
Publisher: University College Dublin
Copyright (published version): 2015 the Author
Keywords: Safety in the workplaceSenior nurse managersMental health serviceIrelandSafety communication practiceRisk assessment
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science Theses

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