Protecting Nurses from Patient Violence | 1.2 contact hours


Frequently, nurses report assault, battery, verbal threats, and disrespect from patients. These cause nurses to feel devalued by their patients, their organization, and the judicial system. Medical occupations have the third-highest rate of workplace violence compared to any other profession (Speroni, Fitch, Dawson, Dugan, & Atherton, 2014). Daily violence against nurses happens too frequently in the United States. According to Hester, Harrelson, and Mongo (2016), a 2014 study reported that 76% of healthcare workers experience some form of violence each year. Another report showed that 25% of emergency department (ED) nurses experience episodes of violence more than 20 times over a three-year period. Studies have shown that close to 100% of nurses have experienced verbal assault from patients or their family members (Baby, Glue, & Carlyle, 2014; Kaur & Kaur, 2015).


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This article will discuss the under-reporting of patient violence on nurses and will analyze potential barriers from organizations, patients, and nurse colleagues. Strategies to overcome these barriers will be described, as well as an evidence-based plan for intervention. Finally, the article will identify healthcare professionals who can be enlisted to drive organizational change. Steps will be discussed to transform the prevailing attitude that violence against nurses is expected and/or accepted.


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