Doctor Of Nursing Practice Roles

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Roles against Workplace Violence in the Nursing Profession Introduction Workplace violence in nursing has become a serious problem that affects the nursing profession in many aspects (Murray, 2009). According to Skehan (2015), there were few studies or documentation about the perception or management of nurse leaders against workplace violence in nursing. Therefore, doctor of nursing practice (DNP) prepared nurses should become the experts in identifying, analyzing, and irradiating workplace violence within the nursing profession. The more complex and sophisticated the healthcare environment becomes, the more important DNP prepared nurses’ roles play (Zaccagnini & White, 2014, p. 41). Current Problem, Target Population, and Target Setting The complex and advanced healthcare system further creates stressful environments for healthcare staffs, especially nurses. What is the definition of workplace violence? Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (2002, para. 1) defined workplace violence as “violence or the threat of violence against workers”. Waschgler, Ruiz-Hernàndez, Llor-Esteben, & Jiménez-Barberoo (2013) proved the existence of nursing workplace violence in the findings of the development of the hospital Aggressive Behavior Scale. Workplace violence was divided into vertical violence and horizontal/lateral violence (Waschgler et al., 2013). Each category of violence was also divided into physical violence and nonphysical violence.
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