More Compelling Facts

Here are a few more facts and figures drawn from the growing body of research about nursing workplace violence.

  • 80% of nurses do not feel safe in their workplace (Peek-Asa et al., 2009).
  • In a survey of 125 ED nurses, intensive care unit and general floor nurses at a regional medical center, 82% of ED nurses had been physically assaulted at work in one year (May & Grubbs, 2002).
  • 25% of psychiatric nurses experienced disabling injuries from patient assaults (Quanbeck, 2006).
  • Studies show that between 35-80% of hospital staff have been physically assaulted at least once during their careers (Clements et al., 2005).
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