Workplace Violence And Health Care

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Workplace Violence in Health Care Morgan L. Hofmeister Baker University School of Nursing Abstract This research paper discusses workplace violence, specifically the nursing population. Using results from previous research conducted, negative factors impacting a nurse and solutions to this issue are explored. There is a lack of reporting causing this issue of workplace violence to be difficult to determine interventions and bring about public awareness. Looking at the historical background of workplace violence in health care settings, researching the emotional and physical effects on nurses, discovering the effects on work competency, and uncovering the facts on federal legislation of this issue warrants the importance…show more content…
Besides using governmental data and statistics to compile information regarding workplace violence in health care settings, voluntary surveys are taken (Stokowski, 2010). These surveys and reports of violence are usually unreliable due to the nurse’s lack of ability to remember the incident, fear of affecting patient satisfaction scores, uneducated on the reporting policy, or concern for questioned competency (Stokowski, 2010). It is said that seventy percent of physical abuse towards nurses are unreported and many nurses never seek treatment (Stokowski, 2010). The hesitancy to report is sensible when incidents reported reviewed are often questioned by the nurse’s actions and solutions are addressed to prevent another occurrence (Stokowski, 2010). These approaches administered by health care facilities imply that the nurse is at fault. Sadly, nurses are often reprimanded or fired defending themselves against violence (Stokowski, 2010). Physical Impact An Emergency Nurses Association study found that, “every week between eight to thirteen percent of emergency department nurses are victims of physical violence” (Trossman, p. 6, 2010). The physical repercussions of violence can include a physical injury, anger, chronic pain, loss of sleep, disability, muscle tension, anxiety, irritability, and nightmares (Gates,
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