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Title: Organisational climate and standards of nursing care : the administration of depot neuroleptic drugs to psychiatric out-patients
Author: Turner, Gordon Neil
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The findings showed that nurses placed the greatest emphasis on issues related to drug injection techniques while the wider concerns of long term depot medication therapy, including monitoring drug side-effects and assessing general health and social well-being, were generally given a lower priority. Significant differences existed between the four Managerial Sectors of the main study area in terms of both the standards of nursing care observed and the Organisational Climates reported by nurses. The highest standards of care were found to exist in a Managerial Sector where nurses dealt with significantly smaller numbers of patients and where they had access to more comprehensive information. The relationship between Climate and standards of care was also found to be significant. Where there was a greater emphasis on innovation, standards of nursing care, and aspects of organisational structure, higher standards of nursing care were observed. The findings reveal important practical and theoretical concerns pertinent to the different standards of nursing care observed. The findings suggest that certain organisational characteristics appear to facilitate the delivery of a higher standard of nursing care. The utility of adopting an organisational approach in exploring nursing care issues is discussed. Recommendations for changes to the existing arrangements for depot drug administration within the study area are suggested.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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