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Intervention to Decrease Perception of Horizontal Violence in Military Nursing

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Technical Report,01 Mar 2016,28 Feb 2019

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The Geneva Foundation Takoma United States

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Purpose Horizontal violence HV consists of repeated behaviors over time that intimidate or demean another individual. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of HV by military nursing staff and to determine if education changed the experience. Design This interventional study used a two group, pre-test and post-test design at three military treatment facilities MTF. Methods Anonymous survey data on HV behaviors, personal effects, perpetrators, job satisfaction, and intention to leave were collected both before and at 1-3 months after the provision of a 30-minute educational intervention throughout each MTF. Sample E-mail survey invitations were sent to the nursing staff at each facility. The respondents n1301 were primarily female 78, civilian 62, and staff nurses 61. Nursing staff participation in the intervention ranged from 15-30. Analysis The data from each MTF were analyzed separately. Descriptive statistics were calculated. A non-parametric Mann-Whitney test was used to compare scores between pre and post-intervention responses. Relationships of demographic, job satisfaction, and intent to leave items to HV were explored using correlations. Findings At all 3 MTFs, the average occurrence of HV behaviors was between once and twice in the past 3 months. Respondents experienced personal effects from HV behaviors an average of once in the past 3 months. The most frequent perpetrators were females, nurses and supervisors. There were no significant between-group differences pre and post-intervention. Job satisfaction and intent to leave either position or government employ were significantly correlated with HV. Implications for Military Nursing Within military nursing, HV occurs at a lower frequency than in civilian nursing. The educational intervention alone was not an effective method. Military nursing leaders are encouraged to engage in conflict management, establishment of positive work environments, holding staff members.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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