1. McGillis Hall, Linda PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Pedersen, Cheryl MSc
  3. Fairley, Laura BScN, RN


Interruptions in the nursing work environment can have significant, detrimental effects on patient safety. This mixed-method study used work observation and focus groups to explore interruptions in nursing work. A large number of interruptions were reported. Causes of interruptions are analyzed, and systems processes for reducing these in the future are discussed.