Health staff face ag­gres­sion at work

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

FRE­QUENTLY be­ing the tar­get of work­place ag­gres­sion not only af­fects the vic­tim’s health, but can also cause them to be­have badly to­wards oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to new re­search led by the Univer­sity of East Anglia (UEA).

Work­place ag­gres­sion is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue, par­tic­u­larly in the health­care sec­tor, in coun­tries like Ire­land where nurses can be tar­geted by both their col­leagues and co-work­ers through bul­ly­ing, and by pa­tients and their rel­a­tives through ‘third-party’ ag­gres­sion.

Pub­lished in the jour­nal Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­ogy, the study was led by Dr Roberta Fida from UEA, work­ing with col­leagues from Coven­try Univer­sity, and uni­ver­si­ties in Italy and the US, says work­place ag­gres­sion is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue par­tic­u­larly in the health­care sec­tor. Nurses can be tar­geted by the peo­ple they work with, but can also face ag­gres­sion from the peo­ple they are treat­ing and their fam­i­lies, mak­ing their jobs very stress­ful.

The find­ings of this study sug­gest that the ex­pe­ri­ence of anger and fear, as­so­ci­ated with be­ing the tar­get of ag­gres­sion at work could lead some nurses to trans­late the emo­tions that are trig­gered into mis­con­duct.

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