Leader-Member Relationships and Patient Safety Culture

ECU Author/Contributor (non-ECU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Albert D,Jr Anderson (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
Web Site: http://www.ecu.edu/lib/

Abstract: Patient safety culture has been a national objective for years. Many different interventions have been explored in hopes of improvement , but reported statistics suggest that this issue has yet to be solved. The purpose of this study is to examine relationships between nurse leaders and their nursing staff , and how these relationships influence patient safety culture. Several existing data sources were combined into a single dataset to explore the relationships between structural variables , leader-member relationships , and patient safety culture. Structural variables explored included unit size , span of control , leader experience , shift worked , and unit tenure. Leader-member relationships are explored through the lens of Leader-Member Exchange theory , and operationalized using the LMX-7. Patient safety culture is operationalized using AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. This study has implications for nurse leaders , educators , and researchers. The study demonstrates the importance of contact frequency in the formation of leader-member relationships. Additionally , this study confirms the value of leader-member relationship when building a patient safety culture , both at the individual and unit level.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Leader-Member Exchange, LMX, Relational Leadership

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