Despite the fact that psychiatric nurses are often exposed to swearing there has been little research into its effect on them. A team of researchers from the University of Newcastle in New South Wales surveyed 107 nurses working in three different environments about swearing. They found that around a third of the nurses said they were sworn at between one and five times a week with 7% saying they had continuous exposure to bad language. Swearing was frequently described as a normal part of behaviour between colleagues with male nurses being more likely than female ones to report it. Sexually-based swear words were seen as more offensive than blasphemy. Nurses suffered high levels of distress caused by being sworn at but had few effective strategies to deal with it.
Stone, T.E. ... [et al] - Swearing: its prevalence in healthcare settings and impact on nursing practice Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, August 2010, 528-534