Patient aggression experienced by professional nurses in acute psychiatric ward: South Africa

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Patient aggression experienced by professional nurses in acute psychiatric ward: South Africa
Creator Thandavhathu, Tshinanne G. Maluleke, Mary Raliphaswa, Ndidzulafhi S. Rangwaneni, Mphedziseni E. Masutha, Thingahangwi C. Lavhelani, Ndivhaleni R. Manyuma, Duppy Makhado, Langanani C. Thabathe, Takalani E. Kharivhe, Lufuno M. Letlalo, Vusiwana P. Mulaudzi, Mulatedzi P.
Subject Nursing; Mental health acute psychiatric ward; aggression; experience; psychiatric patient; professional nurse
Description Background: Aggression of patients in hospital wards has become an endemic problem and professional nurses are particularly at high risk.Aim: This article presents the types of patient aggression experienced by professional nurses working in an acute psychiatric ward in Vhembe District, South Africa.Setting: Vhembe District, South Africa.Methods: A qualitative approach using exploratory, descriptive and contextual research design was used. Four hospitals were purposively selected and 10 professional nurses were conveniently sampled to participate in the study. Individual interviews were used to collect data, which were then analysed through Tesch Open Coding Method. Measures to ensure trustworthiness and ethical considerations were adhered to throughout the study.Results: This study shed some light on the professional nurses’ lived experiences regarding the types of aggression from patients in an acute psychiatric ward in Vhembe District. The types of aggression are physical aggression, destructive behaviour and verbal aggression.Conclusion: The findings show that the types of aggression to which professional nurses are exposed are overwhelming and the consequences are shocking. As a result, the health of professional nurses is compromised. Therefore, this study recommends further studies to determine the kind of support needed by professional nurses working in an acute psychiatric ward and to investigate the impact of aggression from patients in acute psychiatric ward with regard to the quality of care.Contribution: This article contributes to the body of knowledge regarding patients’ aggression in acute wards in Vhembe District, South Africa.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2024-02-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative approach
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2158
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 29 (2024); 7 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — Professional nurses
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Tshinanne G. Thandavhathu, Mary Maluleke, Ndidzulafhi S. Raliphaswa, Mphedziseni E. Rangwaneni, Thingahangwi C. Masutha, Ndivhaleni R. Lavhelani, Duppy Manyuma, Langanani C. Makhado, Takalani E. Thabathe, Lufuno M. Kharivhe, Vusiwana P. Letlalo, Mulatedzi