Being a nurse is a tough but often rewarding occupation. Those who choose it understand they will make sacrifices and face risks as a result. As a nurse, you may have believed that the injuries or illnesses you suffer would come from lifting patients, accidentally pricking yourself with a needle, or exposure to biological materials or bloodborne pathogens.
All of these scenarios and more do happen, but most nurses either fail to understand or choose to ignore another threat to their health and welfare -- violence from patients and visitors. It happens more often than anyone wants to admit. Understanding the scope of the problem could help keep you safe.