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The exposure to verbal abuse of student nurses gaining placement experience

The exposure to verbal abuse of student nurses gaining placement experience

Ferns, Terry and Meerabeau, Elizabeth (2007) The exposure to verbal abuse of student nurses gaining placement experience. The 2007 International Nursing Research Conference: Book of Abstracts. RCN Events, London, UK, p. 42. ISBN 978-1-90411 4-42-0

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Clinical placement experience has a key role to play in the socialisation and preparation of future members of the
nursing profession. Aggression experienced by healthcare workers is currently receiving considerable attention and student nurses have been identified as a group vulnerable to experiencing workplace abuse (Little 1999).
The primary aim of the study is to gain a greater understanding of the nature, severity, frequency and sources of verbal abuse experienced by student nurses in health care settings in the south east of England, using as
a definition, “the use of inappropriate words… causing distress” (Department of Health 2003).
A convenience sample of 156 third year student nurses of all four branches of one preregistration nursing programme in the south east of England was studied with questionnaires
distributed retrospectively; 11 4 student nurses returned the questionnaires equating to a response rate of 73%. Results 46% of respondents reported experiencing verbal
abuse, 39% had witnessed other students experiencing verbal abuse and 61% reported that they were aware of other students experiencing verbal abuse. Students reported experiencing threats to kill, racial abuse, sexually
orientated verbal abuse and bullying while gaining placement experience.
Student nurses are a high risk group for experiencing verbal
abuse whilst gaining placement experience.In the literature, mental health and learningdisability settings are viewed as high risk areasfor experiencing aggression (Beech and Leather 2003); this study suggests that student nurses experience verbal abuse in a variety of settings
and verbal abuse may be more prevalent on general medical and surgical wards than previously expected.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: [1] Abstract only. [2] Paper presented at RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference, held 1-4 May 2007, Dundee, Scotland, UK. [3] Paper subsequently published: Ferns, Terry and Meerabeau, Elizabeth (2008) Verbal abuse experienced by student nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61 (4). pp. 436-444. ISSN 0309-2402 (print) 1365-2648 (online)(see also on GALA -
Uncontrolled Keywords: verbal abuse, student nurses
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care > Department of Acute & Continuing Care
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