Asian Oncol Nurs.  2019 Jun;19(2):106-113. 10.5388/aon.2019.19.2.106.

Factors Influencing Compliance with Safety Guidelines of Anticancer Drugs Among Nurses in General Hospitals

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Clinical Nursing, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea. pjyun@ulsan.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of compliance with the safety guidelines of anticancer drugs and identify the factors influencing compliance among general characteristics, knowledge of safety guidelines, self-efficacy, and workplace safety climate.
METHODS
This study used a cross-sectional descriptive design and 143 nurses who care for patients with cancer were surveyed. Data were collected from March 19 to March 31, 2018.
RESULTS
The subjects' average age was 29.2±5.1 years, and oncology nursing experience was 5.07±4.01 years. Workplace safety climate, age, work site, and oncology nursing experience had a significant influence on nurses' compliance with the safety guidelines of anticancer drugs. The explained variance for compliance was 23.5%.
CONCLUSION
The findings of this study indicate that the safety guidelines of anticancer drugs among nurses are expected to be better implemented by creating a safety-conscious environment. To maximize compliance nurses need to perform their tasks in an efficient manner, have institution-level active support, ready availability of personal protective equipment, appropriate education and a well-balanced workload.

Keyword

Antineoplastic agents; Safety; Guidelines; Compliance; Workplace

MeSH Terms

Antineoplastic Agents
Climate
Compliance*
Education
Hospitals, General*
Humans
Oncology Nursing
Personal Protective Equipment
Workplace
Antineoplastic Agents
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