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Nursing issues
Strengthening contextual policy and training can empower nurses to reduce their sexual harassment
  1. Sumeeta Kapoor1,
  2. Naveen Grover2
  1. 1 Department of Anesthesia, Acute Pain Services, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Sumeeta Kapoor, Department of Anesthesia, Acute Pain Services, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB T2N 2T9, Canada; sumeeta.kapoor{at}

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Commentary on: Lu L, Dong M, Lok GKI, et al. Worldwide prevalence of sexual harassment towards nurses: A comprehensive meta-analysis of observational studies. J Adv Nurs 2020;76(4):980–90. doi: 10.1111/jan.14296 .

Implications for practice and research

  • Nursing schools must develop and implement simulation-based training modules to empower novice and veteran nurses to recognise and address sexual harassment at work.

  • Research on sexual harassment towards nurses in their local contexts might provide a better understanding of specific risk factors, leading to developing and strengthening precision policy.


Sexual harassment persists in healthcare workplaces. Nurses remain among the largest front-line healthcare workers and are at high risk of experiencing sexual harassment,1 which leads to harmful impacts such as feelings of fear, guilt, shame, and depression as well as increased burn-out, poor patient care and loss of productivity.2 Lu et al’s meta-analysis was an attempt to map out global sexual harassment rates …

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