Characteristics of people who assault nurses in clinical practice
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Characteristics of people who assault nurses in clinical practice

Terry Ferns Senior lecturer, research lead, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London

This article discusses certain variables relating to the characteristics of people who assault nurses, including patients, relatives and friends. The author suggests that the nature of nurses’ occupational roles and responsibilities puts them at risk in their work but that individual or organisational strategies can be developed to minimise this risk.

Nursing Standard. 21, 50,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.08.21.50.35.c4606

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t.ferns@gre.ac.uk

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