Nurses experiences with interruptions

Gao, J, PhD Candidate

Interruptions have been found to be associated with medication administration errors, leading to interventions aimed at reducing or eliminating interruptions. However, nurses have been observed to have different ways of managing interruptions that do not involve the reduction or elimination of interruptions. Nurses have also been found to define interruptions differently compared to researchers. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to understand how nurses define and manage interruptions, as well as their perception of current interruption-handling interventions. This project is conducted by researchers from both the Safety Science Innovation Lab at Griffith University and Cognitive Engineering Research Group at the University of Queensland.