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Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1983 Jan;34(1):44-7.

The reactions of nursing staff to physical assault by a patient.

Abstract

Forty nursing staff members in a Veterans Administration neuropsychiatric hospital were surveyed in a study aimed at determining victims' responses to the assault and helping to sensitize clinicians to the frequency and outcomes of assaults on nursing staff. The respondents, who had an average of six years of psychiatric nursing experience, reported being assaulted an average of seven times prior to the study period. The author summarizes the emotional, social, biophysiological, and cognitive responses of the respondents and notes that a major finding was the large number of staff who indicated they had no reactions to the assault. She speculates that staff may be unable to admit their reactions even to themselves and discusses some possible reasons for that situation.

PMID:
6826148
DOI:
10.1176/ps.34.1.44
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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