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The Lived Experience of Violence in Accident and Emergency

Hislop, Ethel and Melby, Vidar (2003) The Lived Experience of Violence in Accident and Emergency. Accident and Emergency Nursing, 11 (1). pp. 5-11. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622998/description#description

DOI: 10.1016/S0965-2302(02)00124-8


AIM: To investigate the lived experience of violence of nurses in one A&E department. RATIONALE: Following an extensive literature review, it was elicited that there was very little evidence of the psychological impact of violence in A&E. BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Violence in the health service has increased over the last decade associated with a corresponding increase in the published literature on this topic. While violence in A&E departments would appear common, little evidence exists on the psychosocial impact of these incidents on A&E nurses. RESEARCH METHODS: A qualitative domain using a phenomenological philosophy was utilised. Sampling was of a volunteer nature and data were collected using interview. Nurses were sampled from one major acute hospital in Northern Ireland. RESULTS: Participants expressed feelings of frustration, anger, and fear. Support from colleagues was greatly valued and lack of feedback from management was cited as being common. DISCUSSION: Frustration and anger were synthesised into the "why me" principle with nurses not knowing why they were the focus for attack. Violent incidents were associated with a sense of isolation but colleague support developed a sense of belonging. CONCLUSIONS: Whilst a useful insight was provided, more research is essential into this emotive topic.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
ID Code:4427
Deposited By: Dr Vidar Melby
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 15:45
Last Modified:11 Mar 2015 12:11

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