Witnessing violence: What are the experiences of mental health nurses?
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AbstractBritish psychiatric nurses are ten times more likely to be assaulted than general nurses. Research on this is increasing but evidence on the effects of violence on staff witnesses is lacking. Ten semi-structured interviews with witnesses were conducted. Analysis demonstrated in addition to the known effects on those who experience assault: anger, fear and guilt; they were left seeking resolution on five identified themes relating to personal and professional conflict. They were drawn towards informal forums for support, reinforcing perceptions of management as uncaring. Further research into psychiatric nurses’ lived experience of debrief and support in the workplace is needed.
CitationFuller, P.P., & Jeffery, D.B. (2016). Witnessing Violence: What are the experiences of mental health nurses?. Mental health practice, 20 (2), pp 15-21. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1100
PublisherRCN Publishing Company Ltd
JournalMental health practice
DescriptionThis is the work of a Master's dissertation student and his supervisor in writing up a splendid piece for research conducted as part of the MSc. Health Studies
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