Workplace violence in Queensland, Australia: the results of a comparative study

Hegney, Desley and Eley, Robert and Plank, Ashley and Buikstra, Elizabeth and Parker, Victoria (2006) Workplace violence in Queensland, Australia: the results of a comparative study. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12 (4). pp. 220-231. ISSN 1322-7114

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[Abstract]: This paper presents the results on workplace violence from a larger study undertaken in 2004. Comparison is made with the results of a similar study undertaken in 2001. The study involved the random sampling of 3000 nurses from the Queensland Nurses’ Union’s membership in the public (acute hospital and community nursing), private (acute hospital and domiciliary nursing) and aged care sectors (both public and private aged care facilities). The self-reported results suggest an increase in workplace violence in all three sectors. Whilst there are differences in the sources of workplace violence across the sectors, the major causes of workplace violence are: clients/patients, visitors/relatives, other nurses, nursing management and medical practitioners. Associations were also found between workplace violence and gender, the designation of the nurse, hours of employment, the age of the nurse, morale and perceptions of workplace safety. Whilst the majority of nurses reported that policies were in place for the management of workplace violence, these policies were not always adequate.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited according to Publisher's requirements.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: violence; workplace; nurses; morale; safety
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00571.x

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