Nurses Attitudes and Reactions Regarding Workplace Violence in Obstetrics and Gynecological Departments

Document Type : Original Article


1 Head Nurse at Pediatric Nursing Department

2 Professor of Maternity and Gynecological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Ain Shams University

3 Assistant Professor of Maternity and gynecological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Ain shams University.


The aim of this study was to assess nurses' attitudes and reactions regarding workplace
violence in obstetrics and gynecological departments. Research Design: A descriptive study was
used. Setting: This study was conducted at obstetrics and gynecological department in Zagazig
University Sample: A convenientsample of 180 nurses. Data collection tools: 3tools were used,
Arabic self- administrative questioners' sheet, behavioral check list sheet And the Likert scale.
Results: more than half of studied nurses (52.9%) were at age categories (<30) years old,
(80.4%) of them exposed to work place violence, (61.3%) exposed to work place violence more
than once. And about 48.6% their cause of work place violence was absence of clear policy to
limit the violence at hospital &the main cause of work place violence was patient relatives for all
of them. Conclusion this study concluded that most of studied nurses had positive reaction and a
positive attitude toward work place violence. Recommendations: this study recommended to
develop evidence based guideline to restrict work place violence for protect nursing staff in
maternity hospitals, and Implement training program for nurses that focus on how to deal with
work place violence when exposed to it.