“Violence Is Normal At Work” Claim Nurses
February 5, 2010
(ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that most nurses seem to expect some form of violence or abuse, and rarely report it.
The study, done by the Australia’s Curtin University of Technology, showed that 92% had been verbally abused, 69% had been threatened with violence, and 52% had been physically assaulted in the workplace.
A nurse could face as much as 46 incidents in a year, with none seeming to face less than 2.
Most of the cases seemed to be in an emergency room setting, with some nurses facing almost daily incidents.
A full 40% of those nurses had been involved with an incident where the patient wielded a weapon, and 3% of those said it happened weekly.
Of all incidents, 30% went unreported, and a shocking 50% were reported, but senior staff failed to take action.
“The nurses in our study were reluctant to report episodes of workplace violence unless they considered the event to be serious,” explained Dr Rose Chapman.
“This finding was supported by a retrospective audit of the hospital’s formal incident reports, which showed that 96% of the reporting nurses had received one or more injuries as the result of a violent incident in the workplace.
“Understanding why nurses do or do not report incidents is very important as it can help educators and administrators to develop programmes that help to reduce workplace violence. Further research on how individuals adapt to violence in the workplace is also warranted.”
The study has been published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.