Emergency room nurses frequently assaulted: ENA

September 1, 2009

Over half of emergency department nurses who responded to a recent Emergency Nurses Association survey reported having been the victims of physical assault.

MORE THAN HALF OF ED NURSES who responded to a recent survey have been physically assaulted on the job, according to a study by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). More than 3,000 nurses completed a 69-question survey, according to an ENA news release. One in four said they had been spit on, hit, pushed or shoved, scratched, and kicked more than 20 times in the last three years. The study indicated the risk of violence was lower in facilities that had policies for reporting violence and facility responses to violent incidents.