Patient-Related Violence for Nurses in Australia Essay

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Pich, Hazelton, Sundin, and Kable (2010) research aimed to explore the concept of nurses in Australia being identified as the occupation at most risk of patient-related violence in the health care sector. The researchers found that patient-related violence against nurses was highest in emergency departments; 70% of nurses working there estimated to experience violence on a weekly basis and between 60-90% of nurses reported exposure to violence, both verbal and physical (Pich et al., 2010). Patients were consistently identified as the most common source of such violence, responsible for ≤89% of all cases (Pich et al., 2010). Verbal abuse, a form of psychological abuse, was reported by ≤82% of nurses across a range of clinical environments …show more content…
Pich, Hazelton, Sundin, and Kable (2010) research aimed to explore the concept of nurses in Australia being identified as the occupation at most risk of patient-related violence in the health care sector. The researchers found that patient-related violence against nurses was highest in emergency departments; 70% of nurses working there estimated to experience violence on a weekly basis and between 60-90% of nurses reported exposure to violence, both verbal and physical (Pich et al., 2010). Patients were consistently identified as the most common source of such violence, responsible for ≤89% of all cases (Pich et al., 2010). Verbal abuse, a form of psychological abuse, was reported by ≤82% of nurses across a range of clinical environments to be the most common form of abuse (Pich et al., 2010). Swearing or obscenity was identified as the most common and was reported to be the most violent form of verbal aggression (Pich et al., 2010). Physical violence was reported to co-exist with verbal violence, with “being pushed” as the most common form of physical abuse (Pich et al., 2010). One limitation in this research study was the focus on only patient-related violence occurring in emergency departments. The researchers concluded that patient-related violence has negative implications not only for nurses themselves, but also for patients’ quality of care and nurse retention and recruitment rates. Therefore, the researchers suggested that policy-makers and administrators recognize
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