Relationship between Psychological Safety and Reporting Nonadherence to a Safety Checklist

Heather M. Gilmartin, Paula Langner, Madhura Gokhale, Katerine Osatuke, Rachael Hasselbeck, Thomas M. Maddox, Catherine Battaglia

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Patient safety checklists are ubiquitous in health care. Nurses bear significant responsibility for ensuring checklist adherence. To report nonadherence to a checklist and stop an unsafe procedure, a workplace climate of psychological safety is needed. Thus, an analysis of organizational data was conducted to examine the relationship between psychological safety and reports of nonadherence to the central line bundle checklist. Results showed varied perceptions of psychological safety but no relationship with nonadherence. Considerations for this finding and assessing psychological safety are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • central line bundle
  • checklist
  • error reporting
  • intensive care unit nurses
  • psychological safety


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