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Responding to violence against healthcare staff

Strickler, Jeffery, DHA, RN, NEA-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000545021.36908.28
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Abstract: This article takes a look at the incidence of verbal or physical violence nurses face on a daily basis and examines the importance of preparedness in handling potentially violent situations in the workplace.

Nursing must overcome a culture of acceptance or tolerance of violence in the workplace. Follow these guidelines to defuse potentially violent situations and protect patients and staff alike.

Jeffery Strickler is a vice president at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a member of the Nursing2018 editorial board.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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