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  1. Perkins, Morgan BSN, RN
  2. Wood, Leslie MSN, RN, ONC
  3. Soler, Thaisha ADN, RN
  4. Walker, Kimberly MSN, RN
  5. Morata, Lauren DNP, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CCNS
  6. Novotny, April MSN, RN, CENP, CEN
  7. Estep, Han BSN, RN


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of inpatient nursing specialties on the perceptions of workplace violence.


BACKGROUND: The association between nursing specialty and the perception of workplace violence has not been identified.


METHODS: An evaluation of inpatient nurses' perceptions of workplace violence at a single health system was conducted using a modified Survey of Violence Experienced by Staff instrument.


RESULTS: Of the respondents, 87.2% experienced workplace violence, of which 96.3% was patient related. Patient-initiated verbal abuse, threats, and physical assault frequency differed significantly based on specialty. Post hoc comparisons further elucidate the differences in specialty populations.


CONCLUSION: Workplace violence is a nursing concern; however, the frequency in which workplace violence occurs differs based on specialty. The frequency of threats and injuries to nursing staff was significantly higher in medical and trauma units.