SNHP | Senior Nursing Poster Session

Title

Violence in the Emergency Department

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Marcia Hobbs, DSN, RN; Jennifer Coleman, MSN, RN, FNP-C

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Purpose: To update and recommend new policies on workplace violence in the emergency department.

Background: Workplace violence has been a rising problem all over the world. The definition of workplace violence was defined along with statistics on the growing problem. Violence in healthcare is costly, underreported, and often involves patients under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Methods: Evidence-based research articles and scholarly journals were reviewed and analyzed. Data was collected from sources provided to support a change in policy.

Discussion: This project reviews evidence-based articles and their findings with a primary focus on reporting, risk factors, and nurses’ perception of workplace violence in the emergency department. Multiple studies found reporting was a major issue for various reasons such as nobody got hurt, expected part of the job, and current reporting system was too lengthy. Risk factors for violence included mental illness, substance use, and patients rather than family members. Nurses’ perceptions and tolerance were analyzed in multiple studies to examine how perceptions and tolerance correlated with the actual incidence of violence.

Conclusion: After review of the literature and studies, new policies were formulated to add to existing ones. A new reporting system is recommended with a quick form to be completed immediately and a full report done within 24 hours with a follow-up interview as needed. Warning signs checklist for patient violence shall be completed upon admission for every patient.

Keywords: Emergency, Violence, Emergency Department, Substance Abuse, Workplace Violence

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Violence in the Emergency Department

Purpose: To update and recommend new policies on workplace violence in the emergency department.

Background: Workplace violence has been a rising problem all over the world. The definition of workplace violence was defined along with statistics on the growing problem. Violence in healthcare is costly, underreported, and often involves patients under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Methods: Evidence-based research articles and scholarly journals were reviewed and analyzed. Data was collected from sources provided to support a change in policy.

Discussion: This project reviews evidence-based articles and their findings with a primary focus on reporting, risk factors, and nurses’ perception of workplace violence in the emergency department. Multiple studies found reporting was a major issue for various reasons such as nobody got hurt, expected part of the job, and current reporting system was too lengthy. Risk factors for violence included mental illness, substance use, and patients rather than family members. Nurses’ perceptions and tolerance were analyzed in multiple studies to examine how perceptions and tolerance correlated with the actual incidence of violence.

Conclusion: After review of the literature and studies, new policies were formulated to add to existing ones. A new reporting system is recommended with a quick form to be completed immediately and a full report done within 24 hours with a follow-up interview as needed. Warning signs checklist for patient violence shall be completed upon admission for every patient.

Keywords: Emergency, Violence, Emergency Department, Substance Abuse, Workplace Violence