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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Sheryl Marckstadt


workplace violence, Emergency Nurses Association, workplace violence toolkit, emergency department, reporting


The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Project was to implement a reporting process to assist emergency department (ED) registered nurses (RNs) in reporting incidents of workplace violence (WPV). The project measured perceptions of workplace violence and changes in the reporting of occurrences. The intervention included a structured incident report form and staff education. Perceptions of workplace violence were measured through pre-and-post staff surveys, as well as documented reporting occurrences. The outcome of the DNP Project found that changes in how RNs perceived safety in the ED was not statistically significant, nor was WPV reporting. Clinically however, there was an increase in WPV report forms filed during the DNP Project. The DNP Project also did educate the ED RNs on the importance of reporting WPV. The outcome of the DNP Project, even though the findings were not statistically significant; did have a positive effect on those that participated in this educational opportunity.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Violence in the workplace.
Violence in hospitals.
Hospitals -- Emergency services -- Security measures.
Nurses -- Violence against.
Medical personnel -- Violence against.


Includes bibliographical references



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