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Violence against nurses

Ambrose Hon-Wai Wong, Joan Combellick, Beth Ann Wispelwey, Allison Squires, Maureen Gang
OBJECTIVES: The emergency department (ED) has been recognized as a high-risk environment for workplace violence. Acutely agitated patients who perpetrate violence against healthcare workers represent a complex care challenge in the ED. Recommendations to improve safety are often based on expert opinion rather than empirical data. In this study we aim to describe the lived experience of staff members caring for this population in order to provide a broad perspective of ED patient violence...
October 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Paola Ferri, Monica Silvestri, Cecilia Artoni, Rosaria Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: Workplace violence (WPV) against health professionals is a global problem with an increasing incidence. The aims of this study were as follows: 1) to examine the frequency and characteristics of WPV in different settings and professionals of a general hospital and 2) to identify the clinical and organizational factors related to this phenomenon. METHODS: The study was cross-sectional. In a 1-month period, we administered the "Violent Incident Form" to 745 professionals (physicians, head nurses, nurses, nursing assistants), who worked in 15 wards of a general hospital in northern Italy...
2016: Psychology Research and Behavior Management
Isaac Mensah Boafo, Peter Hancock, Eyal Gringart
AIM: To document the incidence, sources and effects of workplace verbal abuse and sexual harassment against Ghanaian nurses. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Ghana from 2013-2014 which surveyed 592 professional nurses and midwives working in public hospitals in Ghana using the health sector violence questionnaire. RESULTS: The majority of participants were females (80%). The average age of participants was 31·76 years and the average number of years practising as nurse was 7·38...
April 2016: Nurs Open
Liuyi Zhang, Teresa E Stone, Jingping Zhang
Yinao (healthcare disturbance) refers to violent incidents directed against healthcare staff and facilities for financial benefit. In China, incidences of Yinao are widespread and increasing, but little is known of this phenomenon in the wider global community. This commentary investigates the factors behind Yinao to achieve a deeper understanding. Causes include a lack of trust in medical staff, fueled by costly medical expenses; difficulties in accessing treatment; poor treatment outcomes; high patient expectations; a misunderstanding or rejection of medical ethics; misleading media reports; and a complex appeals process...
September 30, 2016: Nursing & Health Sciences
Angel Johann Solorzano Martinez
Workplace violence in health care settings is an occupational issue concerning nurses and other health care professionals. Patient aggression against nurses is often the most common form of violence in clinical settings, occurring in emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric settings, and nursing homes. Physical and verbal assaults are the major forms of workplace violence encountered by nurses. Current research has identified staff, environmental, and patient risk factors as the major precursors of workplace violence initiated by patients...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
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April 2016: Queensland Nurse
Merav Ben Natan, Marva Khater, Raeqa Ighbariyea, Hanin Herbet
BACKGROUND: Although domestic violence against women is common in Israel and elsewhere, and though medical staff in Israel have a universal obligation to screen women for domestic violence, actual screening rates remain low. OBJECTIVES: To examine which variables affect nursing students' intention to screen women for domestic violence when providing treatment, and whether the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) developed by Ajzen (1991) predicts this intention. DESIGN: This study is a quantitative cross sectional study...
September 2016: Nurse Education Today
Selma Villas Boas Teixeira, Maria Aparecida Vasconcelos Moura, Leila Rangel da Silva, Ana Beatriz Azevedo Queiroz, Kleyde Ventura de Souza, Leônidas Netto Albuquerque
OBJECTIVE: Analyzing the elements that compose the environment of pregnant women who have experienced intimate partner violence in the light of Levine's Nursing Theory. METHOD: A qualitative, descriptive study conducted from September to January 2012, with nine pregnant women in a Municipal Health Center in Rio de Janeiro. The interviews were semi-structured and individual. The theoretical framework was based on Levine's Nursing Theory. RESULTS: Thematic analysis evidenced the elements that composed the external environment, such as violence perpetrated by intimate partners before and during pregnancy, violence in childhood and adolescence, alcohol consumption and drug use by the partner, unemployment, low education and economic dependency, which affected health and posed risks to the pregnancy...
December 2015: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
Jéssica Totti Leite, Maria Aparecida Beserra, Liliana Scatena, Lygia Maria Pereira da Silva, Maria das Graças Carvalho Ferriani
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the actions reported by primary care nurses in the fight against domestic violence against children and adolescents. METHODS: Qualitative research conducted at five family health centres in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Data were collected in the second half of 2013 through semi-structured. RESULTS: Two thematic cores emerged: "Public policies identified by the nurses" and "Nurses' actions regarding violence permeated by fear and conflicts"...
June 2016: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
Fereshteh Najafi, Masoud Fallahi-Khoshknab, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Asghar Dalvandi, Mehdi Rahgozar
Workplace violence against nurses is a challenging problem in both developed and developing countries. Because the concept of violence bears some cultural load, nurses' understanding is region-specific. This study explores Iranian nurses' perceptions of workplace violence. Using qualitative content analysis, 22 registered nurses underwent unstructured, in-depth interviews. The main themes of threats to human dignity and professional reputation emerged, plus four categories: physical violence, psychological violence, honor insults, and ethnic-religious insults...
July 11, 2016: Nursing & Health Sciences
M Abed, E Morris, N Sobers-Grannum
BACKGROUND: Anecdotal evidence suggests increasing workplace violence against healthcare workers in the Caribbean, but the prevalence is largely undocumented. AIMS: To determine the prevalence of workplace violence reported by medical staff at primary care clinics in Barbados. METHODS: A study utilizing a modified version of the standard World Health Organization Workplace Violence Questionnaire, designed to assess the incidence, types and features of workplace violence...
October 2016: Occupational Medicine
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February 2016: Queensland Nurse
Siqi Zhao, Lijun Qu, He Liu, Lijun Gao, Mingli Jiao, Jinghua Liu, Libo Liang, Yanming Zhao, Qunhong Wu
The study's objectives were to: 1) use social support theory to examine factors influencing healthcare workers' opinions about workplace violence (WPV) prevention strategies, and 2) to determine the types of support that general practitioners (GPs) and general nurses sought and expected to use after WPV exposure. A cross-sectional survey was used to assess a sample of 448 GPs and 412 general nurses from 90 township hospitals located in Heilongjiang province, China. Results revealed that workers exposed to physical, psychological or both WPV types had a strong opinion about the necessity of improving diagnosis/treatment competence, developing violence prevention guidelines and plans, using protective equipment, and reinforcing staff by providing back-up support...
2016: PloS One
E Sundborg, H Alinaghizadeh, L Törnkvist, N Saleh-Stattin, H Michelsen, P Wändell
This study used step-by-step exploratory factor analysis in the framework of confirmatory factor analysis (EFA/CFA) to evaluate the psychometric properties of the translated and culturally adapted Swedish version of "The Violence Against Women Health Care Provider Survey." The Swedish version of the instrument was needed to measure district nurses' preparedness to encounter women exposed to intimate partner violence. In the first step of EFA/CFA, the eight-factor model was confirmed. The item-total correlations ranged from ...
June 15, 2016: Clinical Nursing Research
Vincent S Staggs
It is widely thought that low staffing levels are associated with higher risk of psychiatric inpatient violence. The purpose of this study was to determine whether odds of an injurious assault are higher in months in which unit staffing levels are higher or lower relative to unit average, using a design allowing each unit to serve as its own control. Using 2011-2013 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators data from 480 adult and 90 geriatric units in 361 US hospitals, monthly assault odds were modeled as functions of unit staffing...
October 2016: Research in Nursing & Health
Kamila A Alexander, Ellen M Volpe, Sarah Abboud, Jacquelyn C Campbell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe prevalence of reproductive coercion, sexual risk behaviours and mental health symptoms among women reporting lifetime sexual experiences with men and women compared to peers reporting sex exclusively with men. BACKGROUND: Reproductive coercion, a global public health problem, is understudied among sexual minority women. Violence against women remains high among women who have sex with women and men. Rates of sexual and physical violence among this population are higher than women reporting exclusive sexual partnerships with either men or women...
June 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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New measures to tackle incidents of violence against nurses are being taken by the English National Board after a report highlighted the need for better training in control and restraint methods.
January 22, 1992: Nursing Standard
G Scott
People who commit acts of violence against nurses should be prosecuted without exception, nursing delegates heard at the RCN Congress held in March.
May 1, 1999: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
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Attacks on nurses and other NHS staff are increasing as a result of underfunding in the NHS, the TUC conference will hear this week.
September 9, 1992: Nursing Standard
Carol Potera
Consolidated approaches are needed from employers, victims, and the political system.
June 2016: American Journal of Nursing
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