3 Nursing Measures Linked to Safety Culture Perceptions

Hospital nursing measures, including staff turnover and workload, are associated with staff's perceptions of a safety culture, according to a study in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.

Researchers examined the relationship between staff perceptions of safety culture and nursing-sensitive measures of hospital performance at nine California hospitals and 37 nursing units. The following three measures accounted for 22 percent to 45 percent of the variance in safety culture perceptions between different units:

•    Skill mix
•    Staff turnover
•    Workload intensity

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