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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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