Elements of Cooperation Necessary to Foster Safety Culture in Nursing Facilities from a Nursing Perspective

Abstract

In Japan’s aging society, many elderly people with dysfunction are moved to nursing facilities after being discharged. These facilities allow the elderly to recuperate while continuing to receive medical treatment. Accidents at nursing facilities, such as falls, may result in readmission and lower quality of life. Therefore, ensuring safety at nursing facilities that support life after discharge is crucial. This study clarified the elements of cooperation necessary among nurses working in multifunctional long-term care at small group homes and derived suggestions for fostering multidisciplinary cooperation for nursing facility safety. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five nurses from August to September 2019. Responses were documented verbatim and categorized using MAXQDA. The results showed four categories of responses: "Having an attitude that acknowledges and respects care workers’ expertise", "Demonstrating nurses’ expertise and sharing their observations of the subject with care workers", "Coordinating care such that care workers may participate at the behavioral level and actively anticipate the deterioration of physical conditions and prevent accidents", and "Utilizing nurses’ collective knowledge to implement and improve unified care by sharing adequate information with care workers". This study clarified the importance of nurses being aware of their attitudes based on each other’s specialties to enable users to live safely at nursing facilities. Furthermore, it is necessary to create a safety culture with the aim of providing unified care that leads to an increase in the safety awareness of care workers.



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Emiko Yamamoto, Aichi Medical University, Japan
Kaori Hatanaka, Kansai Medical University, Japan
Tomoko Tanaka, Okayama University, Japan
Yoshimi Hyodo, Okayama University, Japan

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Conference: ACP2021
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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