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Impact of hospital security programmes and workplace aggression on nurse perceptions of safety.

Authors
Blando-JD; O'Hagan-E; Casteel-C; Nocera-M-A; Peek-Asa-C
Source
J Nurs Manag 2013 Apr; 21(3):491-498
NIOSHTIC No.
20043757
Abstract
AIM: To assess how nurses' perception of their safety and risk of violence was affected by their work environment and whether this perception correlated with their actual risk. BACKGROUND: The work environment has an impact on nurses' perception of their risk of violence and this perception affects worker productivity, quality, employee retention, worker satisfaction and their actual safety. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in person of 314 emergency department nurses and 143 psychiatric nurses, and assault data was collected from injury logs. RESULTS: This study found that nurses in the emergency and psychiatric units differed in their perception of violence and safety. The workplace elements that led to a perception of lower risk of violence were not correlated with a lower rate of injury from violent acts. The nurses' beliefs about the adequacy of security equipment, security guards and the frequency of verbal abuse were strongly correlated with perceived safety. CONCLUSION: Several factors that influence nurses' perception of their risk of violence are not well correlated with their actual risk. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Managers must address workplace elements that affect nurse perceptions because this has an impact on quality and employee retention. They must also address factors that have an impact on the actual risk of violence because this study showed, for the first time, that these may differ from perceptions.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Force; Nurses; Risk-factors; Safety-measures; Work-environment; Workers; Injuries; Health-care-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Author Keywords: nurse perception; safety; security; workplace violence
Contact
James Blando, Old Dominion University, School of Community and Environmental Health, 4608 Hampton Blvd., Room 3134, Norfolk VA 23529
CODEN
JNMNEN
Publication Date
20130401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jblando@odu.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-007934
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0966-0429
Source Name
Journal of Nursing Management
State
VA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa
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