Collaborative Approach to Safety in Nursing Homes: Perspectives of Caregivers and Nurses


Nursing care safety measures are important in nursing homes where medical and daily living care coexist. The purpose of this study was to identify the elements of safety behavior that allow nurses and caregivers to develop collaboratively, a culture of safety in nursing homes. Three nurses and four caregivers from four nursing homes were interviewed regarding their professional practice and their collaborative efforts to keep care recipients’ safe. Categorical analysis was performed on the data. Seventy-eight codes across six categories for nurses and 83 codes across six categories for caregivers were extracted. The three categories common to both were “division of roles according to expertise,” “smooth information sharing,” and “open communication-promoting work environment.” The other categories for nurses were “appreciation for individualized care innovations,” and “welcome and immediate prompt feedback on findings.” “Attempt to provide easy to understand explanations of medications and other information.” The other categories for caregivers were “ability to check and report questions,” “consultations with nurses for necessary care,” and “augmenting knowledge of terminologies and sharing it with caregivers.” Safety in nursing homes can arise from a work environment that facilitates easy discussion, and smooth information sharing that allows for expertise-based role-sharing. Additionally, the caregivers’ awareness encourages consultation with nurses, and the nurses’ prompt responses results in efforts to ensure user safety. We recommend that this mutual consultation creates a virtuous cycle that helps ensure the safety of care field.

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Emiko Yamamoto, Aichi Medical University, Japan
Kaori Hatanaka, Baika Women's University, Japan
Tomoko Tanaka, Okayama University, Japan

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Conference: ACCS2023
Stream: Medical Studies / Nursing / Health and Well-being

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Yamamoto E., Hatanaka K., & Tanaka T. (2023) Collaborative Approach to Safety in Nursing Homes: Perspectives of Caregivers and Nurses ISSN: 2187-4751 The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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