Soheili, A and Habibzadeh, H and Jafarizadeh, H and Mohamadpor, Y and Mehryar, H and Rahmani, A (2014) VIOLENCE AGAINST NURSES IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS OF URMIA UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS IN 2013. The Journal of Urmia Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, 12 (9). pp. 874-882.


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Today, workplace violence (WPV) is one of the most complex issues of healthcare systems. The nurses, due to their central role in the health care team and consisting a very large population of hospital personals, are repeatedly exposed to violence, especially in Emergency Departments (EDs). Therefore, we decided to conduct a study to determine the extent and nature of violence perpetrated against nurses in EDs of Urmia university hospitals. Materials & Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted on 120 nurses in EDs of Urmia university hospitals (Imam Khomeini, Ayatollah Taleghani, Motahari and Seyed Al-Shohada). Data collecting instrument was a researcher-made questionnaire with 35 items in 2 parts: Demographic characteristics and WPV. After entering the collected data to the SPSS (19) software, data analysis was performed by using descriptive and analytical statistics (Chi square and Fisher's exact test). Results: The highest rates of violence against nurses include verbal violence (92/5%), physical violence (34/2%) and verbal threats (31/7%). The main perpetrators of violence against nurses associated with patient’s companions (relatives or friends) (73/8%). 66/4% of nurses did not report exposure to violence to hospital authorities. Also, none of the nurses had received training or instruction on how to deal with violence. Conclusion: Due to the frequent exposure of nurses to WPV in EDs, effective steps should be taken to reduce this neglected problem of healthcare systems, such as: training and instructing the nurses about how to deal with violence, using written papers to report violence, improvement of laws and regulations, paying more attention by authorities to this issue, and using mass media for public education and promoting the culture of communication with hospital staff.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Workplace Violence, Nurses, Emergency Departments, Urmia
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 08:09
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 07:59

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