Witnessing violence to staff: a study of nurses' experiences

Nurs Stand. 1996 Dec 18;11(13-15):45-7. doi: 10.7748/ns.11.15.45.s66.


This article highlights a study into the effects of witnessing violence in a psychiatric hospital setting. The results show that the majority of respondents who had witnessed violence to a colleague experienced similar emotional distress as the victims. The authors suggest measures that may help staff in these and other clinical areas. They conclude that violence to staff should not be an accepted part of the working environment.

MeSH terms

  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Violence*