Mental health nurses' perspective of workplace violence in Jordanian mental health hospitals

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose was to assess the mental health nurses' perspectives of workplace violence in mental health departments in Jordan.

Design and methods:

A cross-sectional correlation study was utilized to address the study's purposes. Data were collected using self-reported questionnaires from nurses working in governmental mental health departments in Jordan.

Findings:

The findings indicated that 80% of the respondents were victims of at least one violent act in the last 2 years. Verbal abuse was the most indicated type of violence. Patients were considered the main source of violence.

Practice implications:

Policies and legislations addressing workplace violence should be implemented, and nurses should be trained on using such policies. Hospital managers should create a safe work environment by enforcing effective security measures and maintaining adequate staffing.

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