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The Dark Side of Nursing

DARK SIDE aMURSTAG THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS OFTEN RISK LIFE AND LIMB TREATING COMBATIVE OR DISORIENTED PATIENTS. NURSES OFTEN BEAR THE BRUNT OF VERBAL AND PHYSICAL ATTACKS FROM PATIENTS, PARTICULARLY NURSES WHO WORK IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS. VITAL STATISTICS Those who work in nursing are among the most likely workers to face violence on the job. Nonfatal assaults and violence by industry; per 10,000 full-time workers (2000) 14 3 MILLION Private Health Services Overall Social Services Nursing & Personal Care Sector REGISTERED NURSES in the U.S. Overall Facilities =100,000 Emergency nurses often face some of the most belligerent and incoherent patients. VIOLENCE CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE IN A HOSPITAL, BUT IT'S MOST COMMON IN: | 62% O Emergency Psychiatric wards rooms MORE THAN REGISTERED NURSES who work in hospital settings ! 1 IN 2 ER nurses who reported being regular targets of VERBAL ABUSE Waiting Geriatric rooms units 54.52 0.8% ER nurses who say they've experienced PHYSICAL VIOLENCE ER nurses who reported PHYSICAL VIOLENCE only AND/OR VERBAL ABUSE WHAT HAPPENS EMERGENCY NURSES OFTEN COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH PATIENTS WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL, INTOXICATED OR OTHERWISE VIOLENT. AS A RESULT, A GREAT MANY OF THESE NURSES REPORT FACING SERIOUS PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND INTIMIDATING VERBAL ABUSE. AMONG ER NURSES WHO REPORT EXPERIENCING PHYSICAL VIOLENCE . 6.4% I00.4% CHONED BITTEN СНОКЕD 48.3% GRABBED/PULLED €1.8% HAIR PULLED 741.3% PUNCHED/SLAPPED 016.6% 25.8% 16.3% 27.6% 20% STRUCK BY THROWN OBJECT KICKED PINCHED PUSHED/SHOVED/THROWN SCRATCHED 30.5% SEXUALLY ASSAULTED 35.8%. SPIT ON IC0.3% IC 5.8% STABBED VOIDED/VOMITED ON PURPOSEFULLY AMONG NURSES WHO REPORTED BEING TARGETS OF VERBAL ABUSE 68.2% CALLED NAMES 22.7% 951.8% HARASSED WITH SEXUAL LANGUAGE/INNUENDOS THREATENED WITH LEGAL ACTION THREATENED WITH PHYSICAL VIOLENCE/WEAPONS 19.8% 89% 89% SWORN/CURSED AT YELLED/SHOUTED AT O PATIENTS WERE THE PERPETRATORS IN 97.8% AND O 92.3% OF PHYSICAL OF VERBAL VIOLENCE INCIDENTS ABUSE CASES PREVENTIVE CARE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOSPITAL WORKERS SIGNS OF IMPENDING VIOLENCE: Verbally expressed anger and frustration. Signs of drug or alcohol use. Presence of Body language such as threatening gestures. a weapon. CONTROL YOUR BEHAVIOR Present a calm, caring attitude. Don't give orders. Avoid any behavior that may be interpreted as aggressive (moving rapidly, getting too close, touching or speaking loudly). Don't match Acknowledge the person's feelings. the threats REMAIN ALERT Always keep an open path for exiting; don't let the potentially violent person stand? between you and the door.. Evaluate each situation for potential violence when you enter a room or begin to relate to a patient or visitor. Don't isolate yourself with a potentially violent person. ACT QUICKLY Remove yourself from the situation Call security for help. Report any violent incidents to your management. if necessary. HOSPITALS SHOULD PROVIDE Locked In-room panic entries. Well-lit areas. buttons. Call code NOTICE pseudonyms. An enclosed Security signs. nurses' station. SOURCES • 25

The Dark Side of Nursing

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Nurses have one of the most dangerous jobs around. From assaults to verbal abuse, nurses need to be constantly on guard. has created an infographic entitled “The Dark Side of Nurs...


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