Violence experienced by nurses working in acute care psychiatric wards at a Gauteng hospital

B. C.J. Nguluwe, Y. Havenga, M. L.M. Sengane

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Of all hospital staff, nurses are the most exposed to violence in the workplace that can cause long-term negative effects. The purpose of this study is to increase the understanding of violence against nurses in acute care psychiatric wards in a Gauteng hospital to promote the nurses' mental health. A qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual research design was used by purposively sampling nurses who had experienced violence. Semi-structured individual interviews were conducted. Nurses had experienced physical, sexual and psychological violence and perceived the risk factors of violence to be mental health care user-related. They described the physical and emotional effects of the violence they experienced. Recommendations are made to prevent violence and manage incidents after their occurrence to promote nurses mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-74
Number of pages15
JournalAfrica Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Acute care psychiatric wards
  • Mental health care user
  • Nurses
  • Physical
  • Psychological and sexual violence


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