Success for PERoPA: 'Chris Abderhalden Award for Young Researchers'
The findings of the PERoPA data collection in the German-speaking countries (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) were presented at the 10th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry in Dublin, Ireland 26-28. Oct. 2017.
For the first time this year, the "Chris Abderhalden Award for Young Researchers in the Field of Aggression in Healthcare" was awarded at the conference. The 2017 award was shared between two projects. Justine Fletcher, University of Melbourne, Australia and PERoPA project coordinator for Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Birgit Heckemann, were being recognised for their scientific contribution. We feel particularly honoured, because Dr. Chris Abderhalden was a Swiss researcher whose innovative research and development in the field of psychiatry fundamentally improved and professionalized aggression and violence management in Swiss psychiatry and in many other countries.
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Department of Health Professions
Applied Research and Development
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Head of Applied Research and Development Nursing
Prof. Dr. Sabine Hahn
Sabine Hahn, PI Head of Applied Research & Development in Nursing
Birgit Heckemann, RN, PhD
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An international research collaboration examining patient and visitor aggression in healthcare organizations from the nurse managers' perspective.
Patient and Visitor Aggression (PVA) occurs in all clinical healthcare areas. Furthermore, PVA is an international phenomenon that affects healthcare professionals across the globe, causing considerable human suffering and incurring substantial financial costs.
International studies show that workplace aggression affects staff intention to change jobs or to abandon an occupation in healthcare altogether. Moreover, aggression reduces patient safety and quality of care.
To date, little is known about how nurse managers experience and manage PVA, although the link between leadership, workplace safety, job satisfaction and quality of care has been recognised.