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J Nurs Adm. 2010 Apr;40(4):169-76. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181d41162.

Losing the moment: understanding interruptions to nurses' work.

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Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1P8. l.mcgillishall@utoronto.ca

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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20305462
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10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181d41162
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