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A nurse checking in on a violent patient.


Nurses worldwide are at a high risk of exposure to workplace violence.

Violence takes many forms, ranging from verbal abuse, bullying and intimidation to physical assault. It may be perpetrated by patients, their relatives, peers and managerial staff.

Workplace violence is a significant source of stress and can trigger the decision to leave nursing, thus contributing to an already depleted profession.

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How does violence at work contribute towards your stress or that of your colleagues?


World Health Organisation (2002) ‘Violence in the Health Sector. Country Case Studies. Synthesis Report’ [online]. available from [17 November 2017]

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