”It takes a piece of you”
: En litteraturöversikt om sjuksköterskors erfarenheter av våld från patienter och besökare på akutmottagning

Translated title of the thesis: ”It takes a piece of you”: A litterature review concerning nurses experiences of violence from patients and visitors in an emergency department.
  • Alice Dursjö
  • Nellie Cervin

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: Physical and psychological violence against nurses in Emergency departments is an international and a national concern. The most common perpetrators are patients and visitors. Violence in health care is increasing, at the same time it is an underreported issue. Nurses' main responsibility is caring in which person-centred care and patient safety are essential. Aim: To elucidate nurses experiences of being exposed to violence from patients and visitors in emergency departments. Method: A general literature review with qualitative approach which is based on 14 scientific articles. Searches were performed in the databases Cinahl Complete, PubMed and PsycINFO. Articles were reviewed with the template from the University of Kristianstad and analysed by Friberg’s five-step model Results: The analyse resulted in four categories and eight subcategories which reflects nurses’ experiences of being exposed to violence. Experiences includes the nature of violence, inevitable phenomenon’s, consequences of violence and handling violence. Discussion: The quality of the literature study was discussed with Shentons concept of trustworthiness; Credibility, verifiability, reliability and transferability. The findings Hurt profession and lack of caring, Suffering outside the profession and The new normal were discussed with Halldórsdóttírs nursing theory, McCormack and McCances person-centred practice framework, code of ethics for nurses, societal perspective and global goals for sustainable development.
Date of Award2023-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorGunilla Andrén-Sandberg (Supervisor) & Erik Piculell (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)


  • Emergency Department
  • Experience
  • Nurse
  • Patient
  • Violence
  • Visitor

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