Developing a new post for nurses to identify cases of domestic abuse
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Developing a new post for nurses to identify cases of domestic abuse

Julie McGarry Associate professor, School of nursing, midwifery, University of Nottingham
Selecia Kench Domestic abuse nurse specialist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Christine Simpson Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Nottingham

Julie McGarry and colleagues discuss the creation of an emergency department role and training programme for a senior nurse to support victims of violence in the home

Nurses working in emergency departments (EDs) need specialist training to identify and respond appropriately to patients who have experienced domestic abuse (Gibbons 2011). This article describes the development of a domestic abuse nurse specialist role in an ED, a training programme for new ED staff and relevant resources for patients. It also outlines the results of an evaluation of the role and makes recommendations for service development.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 3, 16-18. doi: 10.7748/en2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 February 2013

Accepted: 15 April 2013

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