Risk management in practice: how are we managing?

Clin Perform Qual Health Care. 2000;8(3):142-9. doi: 10.1108/14664100010351251.


Aims to identify awareness of and involvement in risk assessments, training, incident reporting, information giving and consenting in an acute health care context. Explores how nurse managers perceived risk management as a concept and if they saw advanced neonatal nurse practitioners having a role to play in this activity. The method used was a postal survey of 62 nurse managers or clinical specialists responsible for neonatal nursing care services within NHS Trusts in the UK. Results show that while the nurse managers studies understood the definition of risk management in general, they were more vague about certain aspects of that definition. The nurse managers appeared to be passive in their dissemination and taking forward of risk management strategies, rather than proactively "promoting and helping them forward" as may be expected in facilitative managerial behaviour. Concludes that the challenges of clinical governance demand more proactive approaches to effect and demonstrate change, and support ongoing clinical quality improvements.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Hospitals, Public / standards*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Nurse Administrators / psychology*
  • Nurse Administrators / statistics & numerical data
  • Organizational Policy
  • Risk Management / organization & administration*
  • Risk Management / statistics & numerical data
  • State Medicine / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom