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Nurse Educ Today. 2018 Mar;62:158-163. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.12.019. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Aggression and violence in healthcare and its impact on nursing students: A narrative review of the literature.

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School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Perth, WA, Australia. Electronic address:
School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, Perth, WA, Australia.


Aggression and violence is a significant social problem in many countries and an increasing problem in healthcare settings in which nurses are particularly vulnerable. The literature suggests that aggression and violence has a significant negative impact upon nurses and potentially upon nursing students and can result in these staff members experiencing stress as a direct result of these adverse events. The literature suggests that there is confusion over what constitutes aggression and violence in the workplace and therefore a true lack of understanding of the scale of the problem relating to nursing students. This review proposes that nursing students are indeed at significant risk of aggression and violence in the clinical setting which has the potential to significantly impact their role as a novice carer. Furthermore, aggression and violence can manifest negative stress responses in individuals, therefore, the potential for nursing students to cope with stressful situations shall be presented.


Aggression and violence; Coping; Nursing student; Stress

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