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Running head: NURSING AND WORKPLACE VIOLENCE1Nursing and Workplace ViolenceKrystal PaulsonCapella UniversityPolicy, Law, Ethics, and RegulationsBSN-FP4006October 2018
NURSING AND WORKPLACE VIOLENCE2Nursing and Workplace ViolenceIn today’s times, workplace violence is a growing issue. It can occur in any environment, in any profession, for various reasons, and at any time. For medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, and nurse aids, the incidence of workplace violence has been on the rise in recent times. Many factors can contribute to workplace violence. These factors include, but are not limited to, “staffing shortages, increased patient morbidities, exposure to violent individuals, and the absence of a strong workplace violence prevention programs and protective regulations” ("NIOSH," n.d.).In the clinical setting, many risk factors for workplace violence are often present. For example, long term care facilities are notorious for staffing shortages. This creates a stressful environment where staff are stressed, over worked, and overburdened which can lead to short tempers and disagreements among staff members. In addition to lack of staff, acuity of the patients in comparison to available resources at the facility in question. Using the example of long term care again, if the staff available do not have the supplies and resources at their disposalto provide quality care to their patient population the workplace morale may suffer. This is another situation with the potential to lead to stressed out, short fused employees.

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