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Workplace violence experienced by nursing students: A UK survey.

Tee, S., Üzar Özçetin, Y. and Russell-Westhead, M, 2016. Workplace violence experienced by nursing students: A UK survey. Nurse Education Today, 41, 30 - 35.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.03.014


© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Aims: To appreciate the nature and scope of workplace violence amongst a sample of the UK nursing student population during clinical placement and to recommend strategies universities can implement to successfully manage the impact. Background: Workplace violence is defined as a violent act(s) directed toward workers and can include physical, psychological or verbal behaviour. It is prevalent in nursing and causes victims work-based stress that can affect not only the individual but also the quality of care. Similar negative experiences amongst students can have a direct impact on the development of future professional skills. Design: This study employed a cross-sectional survey design. Questions were uploaded in the format of a commercial internet survey provider ( and distributed across a sample of nursing schools in the UK. The survey was voluntary and employed a validated tool to assess workplace violence and was based on a similar study in Australia. The number of respondents was 657. This paper reports on the quantitative results. Findings: Nearly half of the students (42.18%) indicated they had experienced bullying/harassment in the past year while on clinical placement. One-third (30.4%) had witnessed bullying/harassment of other students and 19.6% of incidents involved a qualified nurse. The unwanted behaviours made some students consider leaving nursing (19.8%). Some respondents said the standard of patient care (12.3%) and their work with others (25.9%) were negatively affected. Conclusions: Workplace violence can influence nursing students' attitude toward the profession and their level of satisfaction with the work. Whilst it was reassuring to note that the majority of the participants knew where/how to report, only one fifth had actively reported an episode of bullying/harassment. Current students are the nurses and leaders of the future and have a key role in shaping the culture of generations to come. Universities and clinical providers need to work together to reduce the incidence and impact of workplace violence in order to improve the culture of practice.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Workplace violence; Violence; Bullying; Nursing students; Nursing
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:23461
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 Apr 2016 13:33
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:55


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