Lone working: safety measures to support nurses at risk of abuse or attack

Nurses who work alone are particularly vulnerable. Here’s how teams can prioritise safety

Nurses who work alone are particularly vulnerable to physical and verbal abuse. Managers and teams must prioritise safety – even if that means withdrawal of care from patients

  • Many nursing roles involve lone working and this can leave staff vulnerable to attack and threats to personal safety
  • Managers have a duty to protect lone workers and new guidance from the RCN outlines their responsibilities to staff and ways to mitigate risk
  • Advice on dynamic risk assessments, withdrawal of care, what the law says about risk, and what you should do if you feel unsafe

Driving around looking for a safe place to park when visiting a patient’s home, or working alone in


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