Did you know that in the most recent NHS staff survey (2014),15% of all staff reported that they experienced bullying,
harassment and abuse from patients, their relatives or other members of the public in the previous 12 months?
The survey commissioned by the Royal college of Nursing shows that 60% of nurses surveyed (nearly 800 RCN members) have been subjected to
abuse in the past two years while working in the community.
Other key findings include:
- Six in ten (60%) nurses had suffered verbal abuse in the last two years
- One in ten (11%) had been victims of physical abuse in the last two years.
- One in three (31%) reported having personally experienced harassment or violence from a patient/client or member of their family over
the previous 12 months.
- Community psychiatric nurses (42%) and health visitors (35%) were most likely to report having experienced harassment or violence from a
patient or client.
- Overall, 16% of nurses working in the community stated that violence or harassment from patients or clients or their family has
increased over the last 12 months, with district nurses (23%) most likely to report an increase.Click here to see the full report.