Journal of Professional Nursing

Aggression – from a Nursing Perspective 

Linda Novak, R.Comp.N., Nursing Supervisor, Ngawhatu Psychiatric Hospital 

Reference:  Novak, L. (1987). Aggression – from a Nursing Perspective. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 3(1), 29-32.


“Mr. Bland became aggressive and abusive, demanding medication.  More settled at time of report. Obs – satis. Input – satis.” The above statement is a fairly typical report of an incident of aggressive behaviour.  What can be learnt from the communication?  Or is he in pain?  What in fact is really going on?  Chances are the reporter doesn’t know either.  Continued… 

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