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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181d41162
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Losing the Moment: Understanding Interruptions to Nurses' Work

McGillis Hall, Linda PhD, RN, FAAN; Pedersen, Cheryl MSc; Fairley, Laura BScN, RN

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Abstract

Interruptions in the nursing work environment can have significant, detrimental effects on patient safety. This mixed-method study used work observation and focus groups to explore interruptions in nursing work. A large number of interruptions were reported. Causes of interruptions are analyzed, and systems processes for reducing these in the future are discussed.

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