International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)

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The relationship between nurses' awareness about risk management and errors in nursing records

Author(s):Sepideh Salehi, Mehrdad Azarbarzin, and Nasrollah Alimohammadi

Implementation of risk management in hospitals leads to prevention and reduction of nursing errors. So, nursing personnel should be aware of risk management and the necessary actions should be taken to raise their awareness. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the relationship between nurses' awareness about risk management and errors in nursing records. The present study was a descriptive analytical research carried out on 128 nurses working in different sectors of the Alzahra hospital in Isfahan. Convenience sampling was used in the present study and data were collected through researcher-made questionnaire and checklist. The Cronbach's alpha related to reliability of the questionnaire and checklist were equal to 0.85 and 0.72, respectively. The independent t-test, oneway analysis of variance (one-way ANOVA), Pearson and Spearman correlation coefficients were used for data analysis. The results showed that there were inverse correlations between the score of errors in nursing records and nurses’ overall awareness about risk management (r= -0.144, p= 0.48) as well as nurses' awareness about risk management in the area of familiarity with risk control and reduction methods (r= -0.22, p= 0.01). In other words, by raising awareness about risk management, errors in nursing records were reduced. Generally, the present study showed that familiarity with risk management reduces errors in nursing records. It is therefore imperative that all nurses be trained in the area of risk management

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