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Exclusive: The threats to safety faced by nurses who work alone

Nurses who work alone are subject to a multitude of dangers ranging from stalking and harassment to assault, an investigation by Nursing Standard shows, underlining the need for employers to improve safety measures

Nurses who work alone are subject to a multitude of dangers ranging from stalking and harassment to assault, an investigation by Nursing Standard shows, underlining the need for employers to improve safety measures

  • Lone nurses have been victims of sexual assault, strangulation, hostage taking
  • Expert says problem is likely to be far worse than figures show
  • RCN has issued safety guidance for nurses working alone, including steps to reduce risk

The worrying extent of a host of dangers facing nurses who work alone has been revealed in an investigation by Nursing Standard.

Our survey of trusts in England reveals that lone nurses have been the victims of hundreds of assaults and the target of numerous incidents of stalking and harassment in the past three years, underlining the need for employers to improve safety measures.

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