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Assault of long-term care personnel.

Authors
Levin-PF; Hewitt-JB; Misner-ST; Reynolds-S
Source
J Gerontol Nurs 2003 Mar; 29(3):28-35
NIOSHTIC No.
20039187
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore contributing factors, consequences, and solutions to assault of long-term care personnel. The study sample consisted of three focus groups composed of certified nursing assistants and administrators employed in long-term care facilities within a large Midwestern city. Using content analysis methodology, multiple themes emerged: worker attitude, vulnerability, work culture, job tasks, training, working short-staffed, financial concerns, changes in social values and health care, community crime, substance abuse, accepting assaults, coworker threats, issues of retaliation, professional withdrawal, and inability to share experiences. Preventive measures suggested by the participants are consistent with those recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Implications for staff and administrators include both personal and workplace strategies. Recommendations include implementing more comprehensive violence prevention programs that includes conflict management and training tailored to the type of residents.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Nursing; Nurses; Psychology; Psychological-stress; Psychological-factors; Psychological-effects; Attitude; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workers
Contact
Pamela F. Levin, PhD, RN, 2748 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647
Publication Date
20030301
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0098-9134
Source Name
Journal of Gerontological Nursing
State
IL; WI
Performing Organization
University of Illinois-Chicago
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