Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
versão On-line ISSN 1980-220X
MALAGUTI, Silmara Elaine; HAYASHIDA, Miyeko; CANINI, Silvia Rita Marin da Silva e GIR, Elucir. Nurses in leading positions and measures to prevent occupational exposure: facilities and barriers. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2008, vol.42, n.3, pp. 496-503. ISSN 1980-220X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342008000300012.
This descriptive study aimed to assess the facilities and barriers that nurses in leading positions endure with respect to the nursing team's compliance to measures for preventing occupational exposure involving biological materials, based on Rosenstock's Health Belief Model. The study was carried out with 87 nurses of a university hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the year of 2006. Data were collected through a semistructured form with open and closed questions and analyzed through Content Analysis. Individual protection equipment was mentioned as the greatest form for preventing accidents, but lack of compliance to usage and incorrect use were indicated as barriers to accident prevention and as the main reasons for their occurrence. It is important for these nurses to be prepared to develop individualized and motivating strategies focused on compliance to the use of individual protection equipment in their work sectors.
Palavras-chave : Occupational exposure; Occupational risks; Nursing supervisory.