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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2010 Feb;31(2):89-95. doi: 10.3109/01612840903267638.

Violence against women: the phenomenon of workplace violence against nurses.

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University of California-Los Angeles, School of Nursing, 700 Tiverton Ave., Factor Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.


Registered nurses have been the recipients of an alarming increase in workplace violence (WPV). Emergency and psychiatric nurses have been found to be the most vulnerable and yet few solid reporting procedures exist to fully account for a true number of incidents. Further compounding the problem is the lack of a standard definition of violence to guide reporting procedures, interventions, legislation, and research. While there are certain risk factors that not only predispose the nurse and the patient to WPV, research continues to attempt to parse out which risk factors are the key determinants of WPV and also which interventions prove to be significant in reducing WPV. The nursing shortage is expected only to increase; recruitment and retention of qualified staff members may be deterred by WPV. This necessitates focused research on the phenomenon of workplace violence in health care.

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