Factors Affecting Time Management and Nurses’ Performance in Hebron Hospitals

Mohammad Qteat, Sumaya Sayej


Background: Nursing is a demanding job and it can often feel as though there are not enough hours in the day to complete all of tasks required. Unlike other jobs, priorities can change rapidly when a patient is in urgent need for attention. Aim of the Study: The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors affecting time management( personal, and administration obstacles) and nurses performance in Hebron hospitals. The study used a quantitative descriptive design and stratified random sampling approach to select 181 nurses working in Hebron district Hospitals in the West Bank. The data was collected through questionnaire which consisted demographic variable, and 57 statements divided into four dimensions to examine the effectiveness of time management on nurses’ performance. These dimensions are; time management (Analyzing time, follow-up, planning time, and time commitment) , personal as (uses phone, fear from mistakes) and administrative obstacles of time management as(lack priorities or plans daily, Lack of incentives, Procrastination), and nursing performance in Hebron hospitals. The total number of responders was 181 nurses distributed among five hospitals in Hebron government and non government hospitals in the West Bank. The governmental hospitals included: Alia Hospital, 65 nurses and Abu Al-Hassan hospital18 nurses; while the non-governmental hospitals included: Al Ahli Hospital 60 nurses, Al-Mizan hospital 20 nurses, and Red Crescent hospital 18 nurses. Results: The majority of the responders were young with age less than 39 years old, with less than ten years of experience, and 60% of them had a bachelor degree or more. Time management in Hebron hospital was high with rate 69.5% and there were two major factors affecting to time management for nurses including personal obstacles with a rate less than 50%, and administrative and organizational obstacles with a rate of 69.3%. There was a positive significant correlation between time management and nurses performance ( ? ? 0.05). There was also a significant correlation between. time management obstacles and nurses performance ( ? ? 0.05). However, there was no significant correlation between gender, academic degree, experience or qualification of participants and time management or nurses’ performance with ? ? 0.05.

Conclusion: Attention is needed to address the obstacles of time management within governmental hospitals. More studies about obstacles of time management among nurses are needed to expand the concepts of interest, and the meaning of scientific and technical methods to manage time.

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