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Table 2 Attitude of nurses toward patient safety

From: Patient safety culture among nurses working in Palestinian governmental hospital: a pathway to a new policy

Item Mean St.D
1. My training has prepared me to understand the causes of medical errors 3.37 1.21
2. I like my job 3.94 1.14
3. Personal input about patient care is well received at my workplace 3.58 0.96
4. Most medical errors result from careless nurses 3.58 1.23
5. Medical errors are handled appropriately my workplace 3.34 1.06
6. I would feel comfortable reporting any errors I had made no matter how serious the outcome had been for the patient 3.72 0.98
7. I don’t think I make errors 3.40 1.08
8. I feel confident I could report an error I had made without feeling I would be blamed 3.74 0.97
9. The number of hours doctors / nurses work increases the likelihood of making medical errors 3.91 1.19
10. I would feel comfortable reporting any errors other people had made, no matter how serious the outcome had been for the patient 3.56 1.01
11. I am confident I could talk openly to my supervisor about an error I had made if it had resulted in potential or actual harm to my patient 3.69 1.04
12. A true professional does not make mistakes or errors 3.66 1.12
13. Shorter shifts will reduce medical errors 3.86 1.10
14. By not taking regular breaks during shifts doctors / nurses are at an increased risk of making errors 4.05 0.98
15. Doctors / nurses have a responsibility to disclose errors to patients only if they result in patient harm 2.98 1.03
16. Patient safety issues cannot be taught and can only be learned by clinical experience when qualified 3.15 1.18
17. Even the most experienced and competent doctors make errors 4.16 0.89
18. Better multi-disciplinary teamwork will reduce medical errors 4.09 0.83
19. Patients have an important role in preventing medical errors 3.56 1.03
20. Medical errors are a sign of incompetence 3.28 1.15
21. Learning about patient safety issues is not as important as learning other more skill based aspects of being a doctor / a nurse 2.69 1.18
22. All medical errors should be reported 3.91 1.03
23. Teaching teamwork skills will reduce medical errors 4.05 0.84
24. If people paid more attention at work, medical errors would be avoided 2.12 0.94
25. Encouraging patients to be more involved in their care can help to reduce the risk of medical errors occurring 3.88 .89
26. It is not necessary to report errors which do not result in adverse outcomes for the patient 3.20 1.18
27. It is the responsibility of all health care professionals to formally report all medical errors which occur 3.71 0.97
28. Most medical errors result from careless doctors 2.69 1.08
29. Learning about patient safety issues before I qualify will enable me to become a more effective doctor / nurse 3.83 0.92
30. Even the most experienced and competent nurses make errors 4.07 0.89
Total score 3.68 0.26