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1. Stevenson, Kelly. Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Patient Violence on Acute Care Psychiatric Inpatient Units.
Degree: MSN, 2014, McMaster University
Nurses working in acute care psychiatry experience high rates of violence perpetrated by patients and their perspectives on these experiences are essential to understand this phenomenon. The purpose of this study was to explore psychiatric nurses’ experiences of patient violence in acute care inpatient psychiatric settings. In this interpretive descriptive study, a purposeful sample of 12 nurses were interviewed to understand how they define patient violence and understand their experiences of abuse within the workplace. Using thematic content analysis, a problem, needs and practice analysis was also conducted. Experiencing patient violence had many perceived negative impacts on nurses, patients and the organization. It was often considered to be part of the job and some nurses struggled with the role conflict between one’s duty to care and one’s duty to self when needing to provide care following a critical incident. Power, control and stigma also influenced nurses’ perceptions and responses to patient violence. In their practice, nurses used a wide variety of interventions to stay safe as well as prevent and manage patient violence. Nurses recommended increased education, support and debriefing, and an improved working environment. Future research should explore a consistent definition of violence, barriers to incident reporting and the creation of best practice guidelines specifically related to patient violence. Understanding the perspectives and experiences of nurses in acute inpatient psychiatry leads to greater knowledge of the phenomenon of patient violence and helps to inform the development of future nursing interventions to prevent and to respond to patient violence, as well as support nurses working within the acute care setting.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)Advisors/Committee Members: Jack, Susan, O'Mara, Linda, LeGris, Jeannette, Nursing.
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APA (6th Edition):
Stevenson, K. (2014). Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Patient Violence on Acute Care Psychiatric Inpatient Units. (Masters Thesis). McMaster University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11375/16054
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Stevenson, Kelly. “Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Patient Violence on Acute Care Psychiatric Inpatient Units.” 2014. Masters Thesis, McMaster University. Accessed November 17, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/11375/16054.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Stevenson, Kelly. “Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Patient Violence on Acute Care Psychiatric Inpatient Units.” 2014. Web. 17 Nov 2019.
Stevenson K. Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Patient Violence on Acute Care Psychiatric Inpatient Units. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. McMaster University; 2014. [cited 2019 Nov 17]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11375/16054.
Council of Science Editors:
Stevenson K. Registered Nurses’ Experiences of Patient Violence on Acute Care Psychiatric Inpatient Units. [Masters Thesis]. McMaster University; 2014. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11375/16054