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Encountering Violence and Aggression in Mental Health Nursing: A Phenomenological Study of Tacit Caring Knowledge
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2000 (English)In: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 0161-2840, E-ISSN 1096-4673, Vol. 21, no 5, 533-545 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Violence is a growing psychosocial problem in the health care working environment. Literature shows that nurses are physically assaulted, threatened, and verbally abused more often than other professionals. However, some nurses are able to relate to clients in a way that produces positive resolution. This study explored the phenomenon of positive encounters with aggressive and violent clients. Guided by a phenomenological method, data were analyzed within a lifeworld perspective. The essential meaning of the phenomenon of caregivers' experiences of encountering violent clients is described as an "embodied moment," which is explicated by seven themes of meaning, "respecting one's fear and respecting the client," "touch," "dialogue," "situated knowledge," "stability," "mutual regard," and "pliability." The authors discuss the meaning of the outcome and propose both theory and praxis-oriented activities toward decreasing aggression and violence in health care.

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Informa Healthcare , 2000. Vol. 21, no 5, 533-545 p.
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Nursing
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Integrated Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1701DOI: 10.1080/01612840050044276Local ID: 2320/13101OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1701DiVA: diva2:869770
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