Prediction of safety-related behaviour among turkish nurses: an application of theory of planned behaviour and effects of safety climate perceptions

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2011
Haktanır, Gülçin
The aim of the present study was to examine both the individual and organizational level factors contributing to the safety related behaviours of nurses. Effects of the individual level factors on safety behaviour of nurses were analyzed within the theoretical framework of Ajzen’s (1991) Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and effects of the organizational level factors were analyzed through safety climate perceptions of the nurses. Data were collected from nurses (N=274) of two different private hospitals located in Ankara and their first line supervisors (N=34).Participants filled out the questionnaires including scales of TPB (i.e., subjective norm, attitude toward the behaviour, perceived behavioural control, and intention), safety climate perceptions and compliance to Standard Safety Precautions. The outcome variable was the compliance to the Standard Safety Precautions as rated by the first line supervisors of the nurses. Subjective norm was found to be the only significant predictor of the nurses’ intention to adhere to the Standard Safety Precautions. Contrary to the hypothesized relationships, intention and perceived behavioural control did not contribute significantly to the prediction of safety behaviour rated by the first line supervisors. Furthermore, teamwork dimension of safety climate perceptions was found to be the only significant predictor of compliance to the Standard Safety Precautions. The results are discussed with practical implications of the findings.Contributions of the study are presented followed by the limitations and some future research suggestions.

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G. Haktanır, “Prediction of safety-related behaviour among turkish nurses: an application of theory of planned behaviour and effects of safety climate perceptions,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.