College of Health Professions (CHP)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 05:32:46



Honors Course

Honors Research

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


Violence against nurses is a problem in the healthcare system that is becoming more prevalent. The purpose of this systematic review is to critically appraise the evidence about the effectiveness of interventions to outcomes indicating that nurses are better prepared to handle violent situations and possibly prevent them all together in acute care settings. The following PICOT question, a question that addresses patient problem, intervention, comparison, outcome, and time, will be answered: What effect does preventative and educational interventions have on violence against nurses in the hospital setting and influence nurses’ perceptions regarding their ability to handle episodes of violence? Relevant publications were identified in CINAHL, PubMed, and Academic Search Complete with key search words of: violence, nurses, prevention, and intervention. Interventions across twenty studies were reviewed. The research showed that educational interventions increased nurses’ perceived level of preparedness to respond to a violent event. However, further research needs to be conducted and strict policies put in place.

Research Sponsor

Carrie Wissmar

First Reader

Debra Horning

Second Reader

Karen Morgan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Christine Graor

Included in

Nursing Commons



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