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Title: Nursing workload and its relationship to patient care error in the paediatric critical care setting
Authors: Trinier, Ruth
Supervisor(s): Fraser, Debbie (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Park, Caroline (Faculty of Health Disciplines, Athabasca University)
Parshuram, Christopher (Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto)
Heale, Roberta (School of Nursing, Laurentian University - External faculty)
Degree: Master of Nursing (MN)
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: Critical care
Patient care error
Nursing Workload
Workload measurement
Complexity science
Complex adaptive systems
Patient safety
Nursing surveillance
Nurse staffing
Patient outcomes
Adverse events
Error identification
Prevention of harm
Issue Date: 20-Mar-2016
Abstract: Patient care error has been identified as a leading cause of death and disability. Nurses have reported a perception that increased workload contributes to these errors. Although previous studies have added to the understanding of a possible relationship, the evidence has been inconclusive. This prospective observational study looked at identifying patient care error and assessing a possible correlation with a patient specific workload measurement tool. A statistically significant association between nursing workload hours and patient care error was identified. Further findings indicated that a significant number of patients required nursing care in excess of what was suggested that one nurse could provide. Understanding the complexity of the critical care environment and the implications of workload as a contributing factor to patient care error and its related human and fiscal cost can help inform organizations as they seek to deliver best-practice care for the patients and families that they serve.
Graduation Date: Apr-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/191
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