The role of time pressure and different psychological safety climate referents in the prediction of nurses' hand hygiene compliance

N.L. Jimmieson, M.K. Tucker, K.M. White, Jenny Liao, M. Campbell, D. Brain, K. Page, A.G. Barnett, N. Graves

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Abstract

© 2015. In this study of 638 Australian nurses, compliance to hand hygiene (HH), as defined by the "five moments" recommended by the World Health Organisation (2009), was examined. Hypotheses focused on the extent to which time pressure reduces compliance and safety climate (operationalised in relation to HH using colleagues, manager, and hospital as referents) increases compliance. It also was proposed that HH climate would interact with time pressure, such that the negative effects of time pressure would be less marked when HH climate is high. The extent to which the three HH climate variables would interact among each other, either in the form of boosting or compensatory effects, was tested in an exploratory manner. A prospective research design was used in which time pressure and the HH climate variables were assessed at Time 1 and compliance was assessed by self-report two weeks later. Compliance was high but varied significantly across the 5 HH Moments, suggesting that nurses make distinctions between inherent and elective HH and also seemed to engage in some implicit rationing of HH. Time pressure dominated the utility of HH climate to have its positive impact on compliance. The most conducive workplace for compliance was one low in time pressure and high in HH climate. Colleagues were very influential in determining compliance, more so than the manager and hospital. Manager and hospital support for HH enhanced the positive effects of colleagues on compliance. Providing training and enhancing knowledge was important, not just for compliance, but for safety climate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalSafety Science
Volume82
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

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