The attitudes of emergency department nurses towards patient safety

Int Emerg Nurs. 2018 Sep;40:29-32. doi: 10.1016/j.ienj.2017.11.001. Epub 2017 Nov 23.


This research was planned to identify the attitudes of emergency department nurses towards patient safety. The study was performed as descriptive. The universe of the research the universe comprised hospitals defined as 3rd level according to Turkish health care classification, which provides service to all health disciplines in Istanbul. The sample consisted of emergency department (ED) nurses who work in those hospitals. The data was collected by using tools such as the "Information Questionnaire" and the "Patient Safety Attitudes Scale". In this study, the attitudes of ED nurses towards patient safety were found to be average and was not related to age, gender, education level, nursing experience, ED experience, ED certification, patient safety training, nurse's self sufficiency perception of patient safety, hospital's quality certification or ED quality certification. The attitudes of nurses towards patient safety were compared by age, gender, marital status, education level, ED experience and there was no meaningful difference. However, a meaningful difference was found between the age groups and the "defining stress" sub-dimension of the Patient Safety Attitudes Scale. ED nurses' status of certification for emergency care, patient safety training, training of quality, hospitals' or ED's quality certification status had no significant statistical difference.

Keywords: Attitude; Culture safety; Emergency department; Emergency nursing; Nursing; Patient safety.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Emergency Nursing / standards
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey