Over 6,200 clinicians were asked about their experiences
Medscape’s Sexual Harassment of Nurses, NPs, and PAs: Report 2018 shows results from more than 6,200 physicians and clinicians in the United States. The report asked respondents about specific harassing behavior they have experienced or witnessed, where it occurred, how they responded, and how it affected them. They also asked whether they had been accused of sexual harassment.
11 percent of nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) said they experienced some form of sexual harassment within the past 3 years, while 14 percent witnessed this type of behavior. Only 1 percent of nurses, NPs, and PAs were accused of sexual harassment.
Unsurprisingly, more female nurses, NPs, and PAs have experienced harassment than males, which is typical for most professions. Most complaints of sexual harassment sent to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment Practices agencies were made by women, according to an analysis of complaints between 1997 and 2011. When it comes to being accused of harassment, men outnumber women.
Sexual comments about their anatomy or body parts and leering were most frequent, as were deliberately infringing on body space and standing too close. About one half of medical staff respondents (51%) also reported being subject to unwanted groping, hugging, patting, or other physical contact.