Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Joanne DeSanto


Patient to nurse sexual harassment is an issue that can have significant effects on nurses physical and mental health, occupational function, and patient outcomes. It is an under-researched and often unaddressed issue, leaving many nurses unsure of what sexual harassment by a patient is and how to respond to it. This paper reviews the literature related to patient to nurse sexual harassment and the development and effectiveness of a webinar on recognizing, preventing, intervening, and coping with patient to nurse sexual harassment. The webinar is a two-hour educational program that covers topics related to what sexual harassment is, risk assessment and risk management, addressing sexual harassment by patients, bystander intervention, reporting, coping, and policy evaluation. Confidence on measures related to recognizing and responding to patient to nurse sexual harassment was evaluated as a pre and posttest. Further study of patient to nurse sexual harassment is needed.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access