Göra gott: Sjuksköterskors upplevelser av hot och våld på akutmottagningar
: En litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Beneficence: Nurses’ experiences of workplace violence in emergency departments: A literature review
  • Helena Backman
  • Nicole Guldestam

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: Violent and aggressive behaviour towards emergency department
staff have increased since 2018. Treating a wide range of patients and conditions in the emergency department can be challenging and ethical practice is acknowledged as an essential feature of good and fair nursing. Adopting a person-centred approach in the field of emergency nursing is vital as it can prevent violent and aggressive behaviour. However, nurses find it difficult to apply person-centred care in the acute context. Aim: The aim of the literature review was to shed light on nurses' experiences of workplace violence in the somatic emergency department. Method: A general search was conducted on electronic databases within healthcare. The search identified twelve qualitative articles. Result: Nurses' experience was divided into three categories based on the course of events. Workplace violence a constant threat, When workplace violence occurs and After workplace violence has occurred. Discussion: The method discussion was based on Shenton's criteria for ensuring trustworthiness. The result discussion findings were: An unsafe atmosphere can lead to preconceptions, Shared values strengthen a sense of security and Moral distress when reality conflicts with ethical ideals. The findings were discussed based on previous research, McCormack and McCances’ Personcentred practice framework and International Council of Nurses Code of ethics for nurses.
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorLena Larsson (Supervisor) & Staffan Karlsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)

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