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Breakaway technique training as a means of increasing confidence in managing aggression in neuroscience nursing.
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PMID:  22935124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective. The objective of this paper was to evaluate breakaway technique training with neuroscience nursing staff as a measure of increased confidence and safety in managing aggression. Methods. A quasi experimental design was used in a sample of neuroscience nursing staff (n=31), participating in 2×1h breakaway technique workshops. The workshops consisted of supervised skills training in safe breakaway techniques. A pre- and postintervention-matched questionnaire measuring confidence and safety around managing aggressive patients, and exposure to and confidence in dealing with breakaways, was self administered. Results. Statistically significant increases in confidence and safety in working with aggressive patients, and confidence levels for safe breakaways were reported. Qualitative comments demonstrated a desire for ongoing skills workshops. Conclusions. This study provides early evidence of the importance of incorporating breakaway training into existing training programs which aim to minimise and manage aggression and violence in generalist settings. What is known about the topic? Workplace violence is acknowledged internationally as a major occupational problem within healthcare and is reportedly increasing. The need for extensive training programs for healthcare staff is supported in the literature. What does this paper add? This would appear to be the first evaluation of breakaway training with a population of neuroscience nursing staff. Significant increases in confidence in managing aggression can be demonstrated following brief practical skills training. What are the implications for practitioners? This study provides early evidence for incorporating breakaway training into mandatory training programs for generalist health staff. Generalist health services may consider employing certified trainers to facilitate this specific skills training.
Scott Lamont; Scott Brunero; Alanah Bailey; Karen Woods
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0156-5788     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Health Rev     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214381     Medline TA:  Aust Health Rev     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  313-9     Citation Subset:  H    
Mental Health Liaison Nursing, Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker St, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia. Email:
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