Impact of training on work-related assault

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  • Nancy M. Nachreiner,

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    1. Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    • Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Mayo Mail Code 807, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
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    • Project Director.

  • Susan Goodwin Gerberich,

    1. Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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    • Professor.

  • Patricia M. McGovern,

    1. Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Timothy R. Church,

    1. Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Helen E. Hansen,

    1. School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Mindy S. Geisser,

    1. Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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    • Senior Research Fellow.

  • Andrew D. Ryan

    1. Center for Violence Prevention and Control, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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    • Research Fellow


Abstract

Although training is often recommended as a part of a comprehensive approach to address occupational violence, little empirical literature exists to support this recommendation. Over 40% of nurses responding to the Minnesota Nurses Study reported being trained about occupational violence, involving seven different training topics. Although at the univariate level, an increased risk was identified for nurses trained in managing assaultive/violent patients, no statistically significant results remained at the multivariate level. This lack of protection from training is consistent with previous research, although the explanations for this lack of effect remain unclear. Additional research is necessary to obtain more specific details on occupational violence training, including training content and methods, to understand more thoroughly the impact of training on occupational violence. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 28:67–78, 2005

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