Cheer-To-Peer Assault Case Study

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Violence against nursing staff and peer-to-peer assault is a significant problem on adult inpatient psychiatric units (Delaney & Johnson, 2006). OSHA (2015) reports less than two employees per 10,000 in private industry suffered injuries related to workplace violence compared to 7.8 cases per 10,000 employees in hospitals. The negative result of staff injury is the “hidden costs” of low “productivity, morale and employee retention” (OSHA, 2013, p. 4). The current practice model on psychiatric units is an emphasis on maintaining a therapeutic milieu and the use of de-escalation techniques as needed to address agitated, aggressive and assaultive behaviors (Delaney & Johnson, 2006). If de-escalation is unsuccessful, then the next staff interventions

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