July 9, 2015

Abuse and Assault Increasing Warn Community Nurses

Nursing Times reports on the results of a recent survey by the Royal College of Nursing which found that almost half of nursing staff based in the community have suffered abuse during the past two years.

The survey of more than 1,300 nurses working in community-based roles, found 48% had been subject to some form of abuse. Of those, 11% said this involved physical abuse or assault as well as verbal abuse. Some nurses interviewed reported that abuse was simply seen as part of their job by employers and they were forced to “grin and bear it”.

Half of respondents said they felt vulnerable at work, with almost 10% feeling vulnerable some or all of the time and only 22% said their managers knew where they were when they were working alone. The survey findings echo 2011 research by the RCN and Sheffield Hallam University, which highlighted similar issues around lone working.

The survey found only a third of respondents – 34% – had received personal safety training and just 13% had access to a protection device that could raise the alarm if a nurse felt under threat.

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