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Nurs Clin North Am. 2002 Mar;37(1):161-9, viii-ix.

Violence in the emergency department: nurses contend with prevention in the healthcare arena.

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Department of Emergency Services and Critical Care, Seton Medical Center, 1201 West 8th Street, Austin, Texas 78705, USA.


Violence and assault in the emergency department (ED) are recognized as significant occupational hazards for nursing professionals. Learning what assault means to emergency nurses is a critical step in planning long-term solutions to workplace violence. It is vital that nurses take a realistic account of all the risks of assault and build a comprehensive and supportive approach to the problem so as to ensure the safety of EDs.

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