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Workplace violence in Finnish emergency departments

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Systems Engineering and Design - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design IHSED2018
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Trends and Applications
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design : Future Trends and Applications - CHU-Université de Reims , Reims, France
Duration: 25 Oct 201827 Oct 2018
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design
Abbreviated titleIHSED 2018
Internet address


Violent behavior against nurses has increased globally, especially against emergency department nurses, who face more violence than other nurses do. Previous studies have estimated that from 60 to 90% of the nurses face vio-lence at work. This study aims to chart the present situation of work-related violence in Finnish emergency departments. Six Finnish public emergency departments participated in the study, and the data for this paper was col-lected through semi-structured interviews and questionnaire. According to the questionnaire results, 40% of the nurses reported that they face physical violence at work monthly or more often, and 50% of the nurses face verbal abuse monthly or more often. Workplace violence has become commonplace in Finnish emergency departments.

Keywords: Workplace violence · Health care · Emergency Department · Safety · Physical violence · Nurses

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland