Perioperative Nurses and sexual harrassment

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AORN journal, 2002, 76 (5), pp. 855 - 859
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According to recent Australian research into workplace traumatic events, sexual harassment, sexual intimidation, physical assault, and verbal abuse account for 45% of all traumatic events reported. (1) Criticism, insults, threats, and vulgarity often have been tolerated in the OR. (2) Conduct that creates an offensive, hostile environment or that interferes with an individual's work performance, however, may constitute sexual harassment. (3) In many countries, legislation in the form of antidiscrimination or equal employment opportunity laws exists to prohibit this offensive behavior. Despite these laws, sexual harassment remains an occupational hazard for perioperative nurses. This article explores the nature and impact of sexual harassment and offers management strategies that can be employed by the individual and organizations to combat this stressor in the operating suite.
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