Development and Validation of a Nurse Station Ergonomics Assessment Tool

Mokarami, Hamidreza and Eskandari, Sahar and Cousins, Rosanna and Salesi, Mahmood and Kazemi, Reza and Razeghi, Mohsen and Choobineh, Alireza (2021) Development and Validation of a Nurse Station Ergonomics Assessment Tool. BMC Nursing, 20 (83). pp. 1-12.

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Background: Nurse stations are one of the primary units for supporting effective functioning of any hospital. They are important working environments that demand adherence to known ergonomic principles for the well-being of both staff and patients. The aim of this study was to develop a psychometrically tested tool for the assessment of the ergonomic conditions of nurse workstations in hospitals.

Methods: Ten hospitals, with a total of 133 nurse stations participated in this mixed-methods research. The domains and items of the tool were developed based on a literature review, an experts’ panel, and interviews with nurses.

Results: The final nurse station ergonomic assessment (NSEA) tool has good psychometric properties. Validity was assessed by face validity and content validity. Reliability was evaluated using inter-rater agreement and test-retest reliability analyses with a four-week interval between assessments. The NSEA is comprised of 64 items across eight domains: layout and location (7 items), workspace (11 items), security-safety (5 items), environmental conditions (8 items), counter (8 items), chair (13 items), desk (9 items), and monitor (3 items).

Conclusions: The NSEA adds to the literature a tool for managers to ensure they comply with legal requirements and support best practice for those working on hospital wards. The NSEA can be used to identify challenges for healthcare professionals who use nurse stations and support the execution of targeted interventions to improve human-environment interactions

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Nursing workstations, Ergonomic assessment, Psychometric properties, Working environment, Hospitals
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Rosanna Cousins
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2021 14:45
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 14:45

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