Relationships between healthcare staff characteristics and the conduct of vital signs observations at night: results of a survey and factor analysis.

Recio-Saucedo, A., Maruotti, A., Griffiths, P., Smith, G. B., Meredith, P., Westwood, G., Fogg, C. and Schmidt, P., 2018. Relationships between healthcare staff characteristics and the conduct of vital signs observations at night: results of a survey and factor analysis. Nursing Open. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1002/nop2.179

Abstract

Aim: To explore the association of healthcare staff with factors relevant to completing observations at night. Design: Online survey conducted with registered nurses, midwives, healthcare support staff and student nurses who had worked at least one night shift in a National Health Service hospital in England. Methods: Exploratory factor analysis and mixed effects regression model adjusting for role, number of night shifts worked, experience and shift patterns. Results: Survey items were summarized into four factors: (a) workload and resources; (b) prioritization; (c) safety culture; (d) responsibility and control. Staff experience and role were associated with conducting surveillance tasks. Nurses with greater experience associated workload and resources with capacity to complete work at night. Responses of student nurses and midwives showed higher propensity to follow the protocol for conducting observations. Respondents working night shifts either exclusively or occasionally perceived that professional knowledge rather than protocol guided care tasks during night shifts.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2054-1058
Uncontrolled Keywords:early warning scores; night‐time surveillance; nurses and midwives; vital signs observations
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:31330
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Oct 2018 14:07
Last Modified:09 Oct 2018 14:07

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