Workplace violence: differences in perceptions of nursing work between those exposed and those not exposed: a cross-sector analysis

Hegney, Desley and Tuckett, Anthony and Parker, Deborah and Eley, Robert (2010) Workplace violence: differences in perceptions of nursing work between those exposed and those not exposed: a cross-sector analysis. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16 (2). pp. 188-202. ISSN 1322-7114

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Nurses are at high risk of incurring workplace violence during their working life. This paper reports the findings on a cross sectional, descriptive, self-report, postal survey in 2007. A stratified random sample of 3,000 of the 29,789 members of the Queensland Nurses Union employed in the public, private and aged care sectors resulted in 1192 responses (39.7%). This paper reports the differences: between those nurses who experienced workplace violence and those who did not; across employment sectors. The incidence of workplace violence is highest in public sector nursing. Patients/clients/residents were the major perpetrators of workplace violence and the existence of a workplace policy did not decrease levels of workplace violence. Nurses providing clinical care in the private and aged care sectors experienced more workplace violence than more senior nurses. While workplace violence was associated with high work stress, teamwork and a supportive workplace mitigated workplace violence. The perception of workplace safety was inversely related to workplace violence. With the exception of public sector nursing, nurses reported an inverse relationship with workplace violence and morale.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 02:57
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 01:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: workplace violence; policy; nurses; safety; stress; teamwork
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01829.x

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