Researchers surveyed 46 emergency nurses and found that more than 70% of them said they have been physically or verbally assaulted by patients or visitors while doing their job. The nurses reported finding a culture of acceptance of violence in clinical settings among hospital administrators, judges and prosecutors, according to the study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. "With training and a change of culture, we can significantly decrease the occurrence of assaults against emergency nurses," Emergency Nurses Association president Deena Brecher said.

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