Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
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Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces

Individual, Work and Organizational Factors

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces argues for greater reporting of workplace accidents and injuries. It also incorporates stress as a factor in rates of accidents and injuries, and suggests ways in which workplace safety cultures can be fostered and improved. This book will be an invaluable tool for students of management, especially those with an interest in small businesses.
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Chapter 8: Antecedents of aggression in nursing: a review

Katharine McMahon, Lauren S. Park and Liu-Qin Yang

Abstract

Individuals working in healthcare settings are often faced with negative interpersonal interactions, and research has shown that nurses receive this mistreatment at a higher rate than other healthcare workers. This chapter presents a review of the literature on nursing aggression and violence, focusing on factors that correlate with, or predict, aggression against nurses in order to identify ways in which this behavior can be better managed or prevented. Quantitative or qualitative studies that identified one or more antecedents to aggression in nursing and focused on a professional nursing population were included in the review. We presented antecedents within the structure of individual, interpersonal and organizational levels, focusing on types and sources of aggression that have been identified as the most pervasive across the reviewed literature. We discussed the implications of our findings for nurses, nurse leaders and healthcare administrators.

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