The extent, nature, and response to victimization of emergency nurses in Pennsylvania

J Emerg Nurs. 1991 Oct;17(5):282-91; discussion 292-4.


A survey of 124 emergency departments documents the existence of significant victimization of emergency nurses. Data reflect an increased incidence of violence associated with urban settings, night shifts, shifts more than 8 hours long, patients who are intoxicated, patients who have medical conditions such as dementia or cerebral trauma, and male emergency nurses. After victimization, almost 15% of responding nurses had considered transferring to another unit; almost 18% had considered leaving nursing altogether.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Emergency Nursing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pennsylvania
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence*