Organisational factors contributing to violations by rural and remote nurses during medication administration

McKeon, Christine M. and Fogarty, Gerard J. and Hegney, Desley (2003) Organisational factors contributing to violations by rural and remote nurses during medication administration. In: 38th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2003, 2-5 Oct 2003, Perth, Australia.


Medication errors are a leading cause of unintended harm to patients in Australia and internationally. Research in this area has paid relatively little attention to the interactions between organisational factors and violation of procedures in producing errors, although violations have been found to increase the likelihood of these errors. Violations are defined as behaviours involving the deliberate deviation from rules that describe the safe or approved method of performing a particular task. This study investigated the role of organisational factors in contributing to violations by nurses when administering medications. Data were collected using a self-report questionnaire completed by 506 nurses working in either rural or remote areas in Queensland, Australia. This instrument was used to develop a structural model wherein organisational variables predicted 21% of the variance in self-reported violations.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version not held.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2010 02:26
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 04:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: medication errors; human factors; safety climate; violations
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences > 111599 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response

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