Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors that Affect Bar Code Medication Administration Technology Acceptance
by Williams, Waitline, Ph.D., Adelphi University, 2014, 156; 3579387
Abstract (Summary)

Medication errors are a major concern for patient safety, and cost the health care system billions of dollars each year. There is evidence that Barcode Medication Administration Technology decreases medication errors. However, little is known about the factors that affect Barcode Medication Administration Technology Acceptance by Nurses. The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationships between caring, role conflict and role ambiguity, organizational commitment and barcode medication administration technology acceptance by nurses.

A quantitative non-experimental correlational design was utilized for this study, in addition to two qualitative questions. Eighty-six nurses completed four questionnaires measuring the study variables. Two of the four hypotheses were supported. There was a negative correlation between role conflict and role ambiguity and technology acceptance, indicating that nurses in this study who experienced less role conflict and role ambiguity were more likely to accept BCMA technology. There was also a positive correlation between organizational commitment and technology acceptance, indicating that nurses in this study that were highly committed to their organization were more accepting of BCMA technology. The qualitative findings indicated that nurses experienced some frustration when aspects of the technology malfunctioned, making the medication administration process time consuming. However, nurses verbalized that BCMA technology made their role of medication administration safer and more efficient.

This study's findings can assist administrators, nurse educators and informatics directors in providing adequate training, support, resources and environment for promoting BCMA technology acceptance by nurses. This will help to promote patient safety and technology acceptance and may result in less turnover due to nurse role conflict and role ambiguity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Forbes, MaryAnn
School: Adelphi University
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Publication Number: 3579387
ISBN: 978-1-303-76333-5
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