Development of a violence tool in the emergency hospital setting
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Development of a violence tool in the emergency hospital setting

Lesley Wilkes Professor of nursing/dean of research studies, Sydney West Area Health Service/University of Western Sydney, Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Australia
Lauretta Luck Associate Head of School and senior lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Western Australia
Debra Jackson Professor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Western Australia
Shantala Mohan Senior research officer, University of Western Sydney, Clinical Nursing Research Unit, Australia

Lesley Wilkes, Lauretta Luck, Debra Jackson and Shantala Mohan describe how they created a violence assessment tool using 17 predictive cues that are easy to observe in the clinical area

Violence against nurses is an on-going issue in healthcare settings, and is regularly documented in the literature. Assessing the potential for violence against nurses in the emergency department is essential to maintain their safety. The aim of this study was to develop a violence assessment tool by refining a list of predictive cues identified from both a previous study and existing literature. Using the Delphi technique, a panel of 11 expert nurse academics and clinicians developed a 37-item questionnaire and used three rounds of Delphi to refine the violence assessment questionnaire. The resulting tool comprises 17 cues of potential violence that can be easily observed and requires no prior knowledge of the perpetrators’ medical history

Nurse Researcher. 17, 4, 70-82. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.07.17.4.70.c7926

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