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Nurses' inclination to report work-related injuries: organizational, work-group, and individual factors associated with reporting.

Authors
Brown-JG; Trinkoff-A; Rempher-K; McPhaul-K; Brady-B; Lipscomb-J; Mutaner-C
Source
AAOHN J 2005 May; 53(5):213-217
NIOSHTIC No.
20028717
Abstract
Work-related injuries such as back strain are common among health care workers. Work-related injury data are a primary data source with which managers can assess workplace safety, yet many work-related injuries go unreported. This study examined organizational, work-group, and individual factors, and nurses' inclination to report a work-related injury. Using a cross-sectional mailed survey, a probability sample of currently employed nurses (N = 1,163) indicated their inclination to report a workplace injury. Inclination to report injuries was higher in organizations with onsite health programs and when health and safety committees included non-management nurses and occupational health representatives. Reporting was reduced when nurses felt a lack of concern for staff welfare from supervisors and a climate of blame for worker injuries were present. Nurses were also less inclined to report work-related injuries when working in jobs with non-standard work arrangements. Improvements in the reporting climate may influence the completeness and, thus, the value of injury data for identifying hazards in the workplace. These data could provide valuable information for targeting preventive initiatives.
Keywords
Nurses; Injuries; Occupational-health; Back-injuries; Health-care-personnel; Workers; Worker-health; Occupational-hazards; Injury-prevention; Neck-injuries; Health-care-facilities; Health-hazards
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20050501
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
197885
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003702
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
MD
Performing Organization
University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, Baltimore, Maryland
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