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Addressing Workplace Violence Among Nurses Who Care for the Elderly

Rodwell, John PhD; Demir, Defne BBSc(Hons)

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: March 2014 - Volume 44 - Issue 3 - p 152–157
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000043

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the social-situational (ie, Job Demands-Resource model) and individual (ie, negative affectivity) factors that might be associated with violence among nurses caring for the elderly (aged care nurses).

BACKGROUND: Workplace violence is recognized as a serious issue among nurses. Effective intervention and prevention require an understanding of antecedent factors.

METHODS: Nurses working in elderly care facilities across an Australian healthcare organization participated in a cross-sectional survey.

RESULTS: Job demands were associated with all of the externally sourced types of violence. Low job control was linked with external emotional abuse and physical assault. Outside work support was related to external physical assault and verbal sexual harassment. Finally, high negative affectivity was linked to internal and external emotional abuse and threat of assault.

CONCLUSIONS: Both the Job Demands-Resource model and negative affectivity were useful in identifying relationships with violence, supporting suggestions that situational and individual factors are associated with violence among nurses who care for the elderly.

Author Affiliations: Professor of Management (Dr Rodwell) and Research Fellow (Ms Demir), Faculty of Business, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

This research was partly funded by the Australian Research Council.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Rodwell, Locked Bag 4115 Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia (

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