Midwifery student exposure to workplace violence in clinical settings: an exploratory study

McKenna, Lisa and Boyle, Malcolm (2015) Midwifery student exposure to workplace violence in clinical settings: an exploratory study. Nurse Education in Practice, 17 123-127. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2015.11.004

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Author McKenna, Lisa
Boyle, Malcolm
Title Midwifery student exposure to workplace violence in clinical settings: an exploratory study
Journal name Nurse Education in Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-5953
Publication date 2015-11-23
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.11.004
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 17
Start page 123
End page 127
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Evidence indicates that nurses regularly experience bullying within the workplace which has the potential for health and social effects, as well as worker attrition. Literature suggests that nursing students are exposed to workplace violence during clinical placements including from health professionals and mentors, however little is known about midwifery students. This study sought to examine undergraduate midwifery students’ experiences of workplace violence during clinical placements. A cross-sectional approach using a paper-based survey, the Paramedic Workplace Questionnaire, was used to solicit the information.

Students were exposed to workplace violence with the main act being intimidation (30%), verbal abuse (17%), physical abuse (3%), and sexual harassment (3%). In more than three-quarters of the incidents the students had some level of apprehension or were frightened as a result of the violence. Students responded to the acts of violence with changes to emotions, self-confidence, and a desire to “give up”. This paper demonstrates ways in which midwifery students are vulnerable to potential workplace violence from various sources. Support mechanisms need to be developed to ensure this can be minimised.
Keyword Bullying
Clinical placement
Midwifery students
Workplace violence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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