Doctors, nurses, and others who work courageously to care for those caught up in armed conflicts and other health crises are increasingly targets of violence themselves. In many cases, patients also are being attacked. However, this behavior is not restricted to areas of conflict, and has found its way into our local community clinics and hospitals.
Nurses have indicated that violence is to be expected. In the Gerberichet al study, 44% of nurses do not report physical violence because it is just “part of the job”. An additional alarming finding from this study is that only 27% of the nurses perceive violence to be a problem in their workplace, even though 13% experienced physical assaults and 38% experienced non-physical violence during the previous year.
Unfortunately, these findings suggest that violence may not be identified as a problem until there is a critical incident with casualties