Three years, four hospitals, 2695 staff abused

Fractured skulls, chemical burns, death threats and post-traumatic stress are generally reasons to visit hospital.

In fact, they're some of the horrors suffered at work by thousands of Queensland hospital staff - mostly nurses - who have been kicked, punched and spat on.

Queensland Health figures show 2695 workers reported abuse from patients at the Royal Brisbane & Women's, Princess Alexandra, Gold Coast and Cairns hospitals over a three-year period.

In one of the worst attacks, a nurse suffered fractures to the skull and facial bones after being king hit and punched while