Qualified Nurses' Lived Experience of Violence Perpetrated by Individuals Suffering from Enduring Mental Health Problems: A Hermeneutic Study

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The incidence of violence within the National Health Service is rising and attention to the issue is increasing. Due to the ramifications in terms of physical, psychological and economic cost, the need to understand all the dynamics and variables involved in violence becomes evident. If nurses can provide care that reduces the frequency, intensity and negative consequences of violence, then clients, nurses and the organisation all benefit. This study attempted to discover the lived experience of nurses who experience violence perpetrated by individuals suffering from enduring mental health problems. It adopted a hermeneutic, phenomenological, method and produced an emerging theory comprised of the three key themes; Personal construct of violence, Feeling equipped and Feeling supported. Furthermore, the author suggests relationships between exposure to violent incidents and the nurse's ability to deal with the incidents therapeutically and how formal support systems for nurses influence this relationship. Strategic plans that are concerned with caring for violent individuals need to consider this reciprocity, as staff who feel well supported may well have a substantial impact on the quality of care offered to these people.


To acquire a personal use copy of this work, contact John Cutcliffe at john.cutcliffe@wright.edu.



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