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Violence and Nursing

Entrants: Joy Jacobson

Affiliation: American Journal of Nursing

Limited Report

Year: 2007

Place: Second Place

Provide a brief synopsis of the story or stories, including any significant findings.

Recent studies have reported alarming rates of physical and verbal abuse against nurses in the workplace, one finding that 64% were abused in a 4-week period. Patients are usually the aggressors. Most victims don't file formal reports; fewer than half discuss the incident with a colleague. Eight studies findings showing the incidents in various settings are presented in a sidebar and potential solutions are discussed.

Judges' Comments: This story gets high marks for shining a light on a subject that doesn't seem to get a lot of attention: workplace violence directed at nurses. It's clearly written, concise and covers a lot of ground, from flagging a serious problem to offering advice for victims. 

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