Dealing with verbal abuse
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Dealing with verbal abuse

Walter Brennan Freelance Lecturer, Training Consultant in Conflict Management

Walter Brennan offers guidance on how to manage one of the more insidious forms of aggression

Imagine coming into work and within minutes finding yourself the target of a personal verbal attack. The person is accusing you of being a ‘slut’ a ‘f---ing slag’ and ‘…only fit for one thing.’ Unbelievable? Absolutely not. This verbal attack was made upon two nurses who had the temerity to tell the woman that her father would have to wait for another 20 minutes before he could be seen at the local A&E department.

Emergency Nurse. 9, 5, 15-17. doi: 10.7748/en2001.

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