Male nurses more likely to be assaulted by patients: StatsCan

Gender, experience and area of practice contribute to risk of physcial and emotional abuse
||Last Updated: 07/31/2009

More than one-third of nurses report being physically assaulted by a patient and nearly one-half report emotional abuse, with gender, years of experience and area of practice contributing to their risk of abuse, according to Statistics Canada.

"Factors related to on-the-job abuse of nurses by patients," based on data from the 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses, found 34 per cent of nurses providing direct care in hospitals or long-term care facilities had been physically assaulted in the year prior to the survey and 47 per cent had experienced emotional abuse.