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What's the bloody law on this? Nurses, swearing, and the law in New South Wales, Australia.
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PMID:  20509809     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Most clinical nurses, particularly those working in mental health areas, have to deal on a regular basis with offensive language including swearing. Despite its prevalence, there has been little academic research concerning the extent of verbal aggression within health care settings, and none about the legal aspects of swearing in a nursing context. This paper is intended to give nurses practising in Australia a better understanding of definitional aspects of swearing and offensive language, the relevant law, and the basis of policy. This will then be followed by a critical examination of the management of offensive language in health care settings.
Teresa Stone; Lyn Francis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contemporary nurse     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1037-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Contemp Nurse     Publication Date:    2010 Feb-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-31     Completed Date:  2010-09-16     Revised Date:  2012-03-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211867     Medline TA:  Contemp Nurse     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  248-57     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression* / psychology
Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Interprofessional Relations
Mental Competency / legislation & jurisprudence
Mental Disorders / nursing,  psychology
New South Wales
Nurse-Patient Relations
Occupational Health / legislation & jurisprudence
Professional Competence
Psychiatric Nursing / legislation & jurisprudence*
Social Behavior*
Verbal Behavior*
Workplace / legislation & jurisprudence*

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