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The violent world of nursing
It is disappointing to read that violence remains prevalent in the nursing workplace after a decade of research in this area. The research conducted by Roche and colleagues has acknowledged that workplace violence occurs in medical-surgical areas of nursing, in other words, no nurse is immune. The authors correctly noted that the majority of research in this area has occurred in clinical areas where violence may be expected, such as the emergency department,1 this research extends the issue to general wards where the majority of nurses' work is done. The ability of experienced nurses to pre-empt and manage violence is not unexpected. Nonetheless, it does highlight the need to better prepare graduates and novice nurses although this is not stated. Management's role in supporting victims and preventing workplace violence did not receive adequate attention especially when under-reporting is mentioned …
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