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

Relationships between healthcare staff characteristics and the conduct of vital signs observations at night: results of a survey and factor analysis
Relationships between healthcare staff characteristics and the conduct of vital signs observations at night: results of a survey and factor analysis
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.
621-633
Recio Saucedo, Alejandra
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Griffiths, Peter
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Recio Saucedo, Alejandra, Maruotti, Antonello, Griffiths, Peter, Smith, Gary B., Meredith, Paul, Westwood, Greta, Patricia, Fogg, Carole and Schmidt, Paul (2018) Relationships between healthcare staff characteristics and the conduct of vital signs observations at night: results of a survey and factor analysis. Nursing Open, 5 (4), 621-633. (doi:10.1002/nop2.179).

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 May 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 16 July 2018
Published date: October 2018
Additional Information: Running head: Vital signs observations at night

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Local EPrints ID: 421578
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421578
PURE UUID: 6b257cfe-f933-40b1-8551-c11e4c7f7d1f
ORCID for Alejandra Recio Saucedo: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2823-4573
ORCID for Peter Griffiths: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2439-2857

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Date deposited: 15 Jun 2018 16:30
Last modified: 01 Aug 2019 04:01

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Author: Antonello Maruotti
Author: Peter Griffiths ORCID iD
Author: Gary B. Smith
Author: Paul Meredith
Author: Greta, Patricia Westwood
Author: Carole Fogg
Author: Paul Schmidt

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