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Nurse Staffing, Interruptions in Nursing Practice, and Patient Safety Outcomes: Exploring the Systems Issues

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This study is aimed at understanding the complex processes and interruptions in the nursing work environment that may contribute to patient safety incidents. We examine the concept of interruptions in nurses’ work, the systems issues related to interruptions in nursing work, their relationship to nursing, organizational and patient safety outcomes in hospital settings in a three provinces across the country.

Funding:
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Office of Nursing Policy – Health Canada, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, the Nursing Health Services Research Unit, University of Toronto site, and Canadian Health Services Research Foundation $490,857.00 (2006-2009)

Investigators:
L. McGillis Hall, E. Peter, M. Mac Leod, D. White, J. Besner, M. Ferguson-Pare, A. Cooke, L. Stevenson, B. Mildon, K. Dougherty, E. Farris, & M. Fryers

Publications:
2010 McGillis Hall, L., Ferguson-Pare, M., Peter, E., White, D., Besner, J., Chisholm, A., Farris, E., Fryers, M., MacLeod, M., Mildon, B., Petersen, C., & Hemingway, A. Going blank: Factors contributing to interruptions to nurses’ work and related outcomes. Journal of Nursing Management, 18 (8), 1040-1047. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01166x [Epub 2010 Oct 4] (2013 Journal Factor = 1.142)