Title

Patient Safety Communication Among Differently Educated Nurses: Converging and Diverging Meaning Systems

Abstract

Studies that suggest an increased number of bachelor’s prepared nurses (BSNs) at the bedside improves patient safety do not stratify their samples into traditional bachelor’s and associates (ADN) to BSN graduates. This qualitative study investigated potential differences in patient safety meaning among BSNs and ADN to BSN graduates. Guided by the theory of Language Convergence/Meaning Divergence, interview data from eight BSN and eight ADN to BSN graduates were analyzed. Findings indicate there are two meaning levels or systems, the local level and the systemic level. At the local level, the meaning of patient safety is focused at the patient’s bedside and regulated by the nurse. The systemic level included the notion that health system factors such as policies and staffing are paramount to keeping patients safe. More frequently, ADN to BSN graduates’ meaning of patient safety was at the local level, while BSNs’ meaning centered at the systemic level.

Department(s)

School of Nursing

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945917747600

Rights Information

© 2017 The Author(s).

Keywords

nursing education, nursing practice, patient safety, qualitative methods

Publication Date

2-1-2019

Journal Title

Western Journal of Nursing Research

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