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Around half of nurses and midwives report workplace aggression in the past month: 36% report violence from patients or visitors and 32% report bullying by colleagues
  1. Marie Hutchinson
  1. Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Marie Hutchinson
    Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore, New South Wales 2480, Australia; marie.hutchinson{at}

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Commentary on: Farrell GA, Shafiei T. Workplace aggression, including bullying in nursing and midwifery: a descriptive survey (the SWAB study). Int J Nurs Stud 2012;49:1423–31.

Implications for practice and research

  • Interventions are needed to help work teams recognise the signs of bullying and take steps to address the behaviour.

  • Continued attention is required to address organisational responses and protective systems for occupational violence (OV) and workplace bullying (WB).

  • Further research is required with nurses exposed to OV and WB to establish the efficacy of intervention programmes and nurses satisfaction with these programmes.


Workplace violence in its various forms is an issue of major concern to nursing. Over the course of their working life, few nurses escape this violence, and many are vulnerable to harm or injury stemming from exposure.1 Though a growing body of research has drawn attention to the many forms of violence and aggression experienced by nurses, there is …

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