The relationships between safety climate, teamwork, and intent to stay at work among Jordanian hospital nurses

Nurs Forum. 2012 Jan-Mar;47(1):65-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2011.00253.x.


Purpose: The purpose of the present study is to examine the relationships among safety climate, teamwork, and intent to stay at work as perceived by Jordanian hospital nurses.

Methods: A descriptive correlational design was used to investigate these relationships among a convenience sample of 381 hospital nurses. Data were collected through a self-administered questionnaire that included the Safety Climate and Teamwork Scale and the McCain's Intent to Stay Scale. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation, analysis of variance, and hierarchical regression analysis were used to analyze the data.

Results: The findings showed (a) a strong positive correlation between safety climate and teamwork; and (b) moderate positive correlations between safety climate and intent to stay at work, and between teamwork and intent to stay at work. Moreover, the overall model of hierarchical regression showed that 45% of the variation in the level of intent to stay at work was explained by background variables, leadership styles, decision-making styles, and safety climate.

Conclusion: The findings emphasized the positive effect of safety climate and teamwork on the level of nurses' intent to stay.

Implications for nursing management: Nurse administrators should design and implement strategies that create a culture of safety climate and teamwork in their organizations.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Jordan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Administration Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Personnel Turnover*
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*
  • Young Adult